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Anne Rooney

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Anne Rooney

  • 5 stars across 201 books
    I write short books for short children and longer books for longer people. I've been writing fiction and non-fiction for young people, and non-fiction since the last millennium - luckily, the end of the last millennium and I'm not even nearly 1000 years old. I particularly enjoy reading and writing stories with a bit of a twist and, for older readers, an element of horror. I definitely have a Gothic streak. Writers I really admire include Minnie Gray, Oliver Jeffers, Shaun Tan, Edward Gorey, Tove Jansson, Marcus Sedgwick, Siobhan Dowd and Melvin Burgess. I love being a writer because (a) it gives me the chance to be enthusiastic about things and share my enthusiasm with other people (b) I get paid for telling lies and (c) I don't have to do as I'm told, unlike people with a real job. I like to listen to music when I'm writing, and usually pick a few pieces of music that go with each book and listen to them again and again - most of them are opera. Although I spend most of my time writing, I also spend some helping other people with their own writing - mostly young people, who are doing a degree at university. This is great fun as I get to read lots of stories by writers who are just starting. I live in Cambridge, which is a very ancient city in the east of England with lots of ornate and pointy buildings. It's very flat in Cambridge, so it's easy to go everywhere by bicycle, but it's also rather wet. If I could live anywhere at all, it would probably be in Venice, which is also flat, ancient and full of pointy buildings. It's even wetter than Cambridge, and people go everywhere by boat.


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    13th October 2017

    Dinosaur Atlas

    It's time to explore lost prehistoric lands and the huge variety of dinosaurs that roamed them with Lonely Planet ... More

    (13 reviews)
    11th October 2019

    Animal Atlas

    Explore the animal kingdom like never before with the Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids. Unfold maps to rev... More

    (11 reviews)
    1st June 2014

    Under the Sea

    It's time to dive into the ocean and discover a bustling underwater world! Filled with whales, dolphins, turtles, and fi... More

    (4 reviews)
    30th December 2014

    Gold Stars Travel Back Through Time to the Land of Dinosaurs: Discover the Facts! Do the Activities!

    The first dinosaurs appeared 228 million years ago. They ruled the Earth for 165 million years - that's 80 times longer ... More

    (1 review)
    28th October 2014

    Discovering Dinosaurs: The Ultimate Guide to the Age of Dinosaurs

    With over 100 new dinosaurs species discovered since 2012, Discovering Dinosaurs will make all earlier dino books EXTI... More

    (1 review)
    15th January 2015

    You Wouldn't Want To Live Without Antibiotics!

    Many dangerous diseases are carried by bacteria - tiny organisms that can get into the body and multiply inside it. Anti... More

    (1 review)
    12th February 2015

    You Wouldn't Want To Live Without Insects!

    Nasty stinging creatures that destroy crops and spread disease - if that's your opinion of insects, read this fascinatin... More

    (1 review)
    12th February 2015

    You Wouldn't Want To Live Without Immunisation!

    Sticking sharp needles into small children doesn't sound like a nice thing to do - but sometimes you have to 'be cruel t... More

    (1 review)
    8th May 2014

    Mega Machine Record Breakers

    128 fantastic pages crammed with facts about the world's biggest, fastest and most powerful vehicles, from speedboats to... More

    (1 review)
    13th August 2015

    You Wouldn't Want To Live Without The Internet!

    The Internet has become one of the most important inventions in our daily lives, revolutionising everything from the way... More

    (1 review)
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