This is the official web site of Anne Fine, the second Children's Laureate and a distinguished prize-winning writer for children of all ages, with over forty books to her credit. She has also written for adults to considerable critical acclaim. This site has news and information about Anne, and showcases her books.
Blue Moon Day
Most authors like me are invited to all sorts of places to talk about books: libraries, conferences and schools of every description.
I've been in dozens of boarding schools, met young people who go to schools for the blind and often visited the Young Offenders' Unit (a kind of junior prison) near to my house. Over the years I must have met hundreds of children who've ended up being schooled, for one reason or another, away from home.
I wanted to write about why some of these young people are there, and how they feel about it.
Once in a blue moon, Sam skips school, and on this particular day reads a book that's been gathering dust on the bookshelf. AWAY FROM HOME, it's called, and ten very different people of the same age as Sam tell, from the heart, their very different stories.
Curious? Then read Blue Moon Day. And find out what life away from home is really like for someone just like you.
Blue Moon Day was published on 9th October 2014; Read more about it here.
Anne has just learned that not one but two of her books have been longlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2015. The UKLA Book Awards are the only national awards judged entirely by teachers. The Awards seek to celebrate children's books in order to: encourage teachers to increase their professional and personal knowledge of recently published high quality children's books and to promote the place of books for young people in all educational settings.
Now the teacher judges have until March to read the longlisted books, discuss them with their group leaders, and share them with pupils. All groups will then meet together for the difficult task of choosing their shortlist of five books in each category.
Anne joins the Great March of Progress
Anne has some good news for fans of her novels for adults - and a confession to make! She says:
I'm one of those people who sits tight, waiting for each new technology to become old hat, or at the very least be superseded by something whizzier.
But even I knew E-books were here to stay when, on a flight to Seattle, I noticed I was the only person on the plane reading a dead-tree novel. (I was also the only person who could carry on reading while we were held up for forty minutes on the tarmac before take-off, but let's leave that aside.)
Then I saw my daughter lying comfortably in bed, reading a novel on her kindle with the light from it waking neither her husband nor her baby.
So I've been delighted each time any of my books, whether for children or adults, has become available in electronic format. And now I'm thrilled to say that the very last of my eight adult novels have joined the Great March of Progress. From September 1st, Telling Liddy, In Cold Domain, The Killjoy and Taking the Devil's Advice are also all downloadable. I know I'm mostly known for my work for children. But if you are an adult, please, please do give at least one of them a go. You might love them. (They're mostly black comedies, apart from The Killjoy, which is simply black.)
Which one to choose? Well, The Mail on Sunday calledTelling Liddy "Mercilessly funny", whereas The Times Literary Supplement described it as "a chilling, skilfully constructed novel of family tension and emotional revenge that looks without blinking at the depths to which intelligent, law-abiding people can sink". The Independent called Taking the Devil's Advice "A brilliantly orchestrated slanging match", with the Financial Times adding that it was "Shot through with wit, and full of effervescence and good humour". The Observer said In Cold Domain was "A glorious tirade against the grind of motherhood" and Time Out described it as "A streamlined, ruthlessly stripped-down psychological family romance... wicked and funny." And the New Yorker said of The Killjoy, "Strange and wonderful ...remarkable insight and style". Publishers Weekly called it, "Devastating and ingenious." The Observer said it was "Gripping... a knock-down triumph". And the Glasgow Herald reviewer said, "I defy anyone who gets beyond the first sentence to put down."
Start with whichever catches your fancy. With a bit of luck you'll read them all.
Read more about Anne Fine's books for adults here.
The Killer Cat Runs Away
So what if I broke the new TV? Got fur on all Dad's clean clothes? Ate Tinkerbell the kitten's special kitten-food?
Meet Tuffy, the Killer Cat.
You thought you already had? Is that because you've read the books in which he causes such awful mayhem? Well, now he's back. Not spruced up, exactly. I wouldn't go that far. Steve Cox has handed over the illustrations to Thomas Docherty, so if you think that he looks a tiny bit different, you're right. But inside he's the same old Tuffy - driving Dad crazy, upsetting Ellie, and leaving the usual trail of chaos wherever he goes.
And in this book Tuffy does go a whole lot further than usual. Find out what happens when he decides there must be somewhere in the town where he'll be appreciated more, and treated better ...
The Killer Cat Runs Away now out in paperback!
Of course, in his own way, Tuffy is a very well-travelled cat. He has friends all over the world who want to keep up to date with his adventures. His latest escapade has already been translated into French, and there are Killer Cat books in German, in Italian, in Icelandic - and more!