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  • 5 stars across 157 books
    Anne Fine is a much-loved British author who has been writing bestsellers for over forty years. She has won many prestigious prizes for her children’s books including the Carnegie Medal for Flour Babies and Goggle Eyes, the Whitbread Award for The Tulip Touch and the Smarties Prize for Bill’s New Frock. She was the second Children’s Laureate after Quentin Blake and has even been awarded an OBE for her services to literature.

    When asked how she became an author, Anne once said “When I was young, it never occurred to me that I might be a writer. I think I must have thought that books were born on the library shelves,”. She went on to explain that she started writing books back in 1971 as she ran out of things to read, being unable to get to the library in a blizzard. Readers everywhere will be very happy about that snowstorm as her books have been entertaining children for decades, dealing with some important topics along the way.

    Many of Anne’s books are recognised as modern classics now, with several TV and film adaptations having helped bring them to life – the most famous being the film Mrs Doubtfire starring Robin Williams and the BBC adaptation of Goggle Eyes. The success of Fine’s books surely lies in their wicked sense of humour. By her own admission, a lot of her books raise quite serious social or family issues such as Bill’s New Frock and Step by Wicked Step but every single book is laugh out loud funny.

    With over fifty children’s books to her name, there is something for everyone aged 6 and upwards. We love the silly Diary of a Killer Cat for ages 7+ and Flour Babies for older readers but check out the full list of Anne Fine’s books below and find your own favourite. 
    7th May 2009

    The Diary of a Killer Cat

    Everyone loves the wickedly dry sense of humour of The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine. Okay, Okay. So ha... More

    (17 reviews)
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    4th June 2007

    Bill's New Frock

    A classic children's story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Bill Simpson wake... More

    (11 reviews)
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    7th May 2009

    The Return of the Killer Cat

    'Okay, okay. So slap my teensy little paws. I messed up - big time.' Tuffy can't wait for Ellie and the family to g... More

    (5 reviews)
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    3rd January 2005

    Care Of Henry

    Hugo has to choose who to stay with while his mother's having a baby. Granny? Mrs Mariposa next door? Uncle Jack? Who wi... More

    (4 reviews)
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    7th April 1994

    Flour Babies

    Let it be flour babies. Let chaos reign. When the annual school science fair comes round, Mr Cartwright's class don't g... More

    (3 reviews)
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    2nd February 2018

    PramBusters!

    When the rain threatens to ruin the fun at summer camp, Malik and his friends are tasked with inventing a pram that an... More

    (3 reviews)
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    10th February 2022

    Aftershocks

    A family mix-up means Louie has to tag along with his engineer father and his team as they head for a routine job in the... More

    (3 reviews)
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    7th June 2012

    Care of Henry

    A gentle, heartwarming story about the friendship between a boy and his dog by much-loved author Anne Fine. Fro... More

    (2 reviews)
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    6th March 2014

    The Only Child Club

    What do you miss when you don't have siblings? Former Children's Laureate and much-loved author Anne Fine aims to fi... More

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    5th June 2014

    The Killer Cat Runs Away

    Tuffy doesn't feel wanted at home any more. His owners just don't appreciate him. So what if he broke the new TV? Got ... More

    (2 reviews)
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