Anne Fine

Anne Fine

  • 5 stars across 160 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 hang me. I kil... MoreThe Diary of a Killer Cat

(20 reviews) Review
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 wakes... MoreBill's New Frock

(15 reviews) Review
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 go away... MoreThe Return of the Killer Cat

(5 reviews) Review
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... MoreCare Of Henry

(5 reviews) Review
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... MoreFlour Babies

(4 reviews) Review
2nd September 2010

The Killer Cat's Christmas

The Killer Cat is back for Christmas! A much-loved classic by Anne Fine. So go on, ask me. 'Dear, dear Tuffy. Why was yo... MoreThe Killer Cat's Christmas

(3 reviews) Review
2nd July 2015

Madame Doubtfire

Madame Doubtfire by bestselling author Anne Fine is a wonderfully funny, punchy story about family life. Lydia, Christop... MoreMadame Doubtfire

(3 reviews) Review
2nd February 2018

PramBusters!

A funny and charming Little Gem from national treasure Anne Fine, with beautiful artwork by illustration star Vicki Gaus... MorePramBusters!

(3 reviews) Review
3rd June 2021

Be Nice to Aunt Emma

Kindness is key in this funny new family drama from perennial bestseller and award-winning author Anne Fine. T... MoreBe Nice to Aunt Emma

(3 reviews) Review
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... MoreAftershocks

(3 reviews) Review
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