Anne Fine

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We are delighted that Anne Fine, OBE, FRSL, is one of our patrons. We have over 38 of her books in the library, including Madame Doubtfire, (Catalogue no. 615739), which provided the inspiration for the Hollywood film, Mrs. Doubtfire.

Although as a child she had no writing ambitions, Anne was encouraged by one of her primary school teachers who would come in on Monday mornings nursing a hangover. Unable to face the scheduled double maths lessons, he would create impromptu essay writing sessions which gave her a good deal of practice. She also believes that not studying English at A level or beyond meant she could read more freely and come at her own work ‘free-style’.

 “I suspect this has made a great difference to the way I write. It makes it so much easier to think of my readers, rather than worrying about what the critics might say.”

Anne ‘s career began in 1971. Unable to get to her local library because of a blizzard, she started a novel of her own, and has never stopped since. She has written over 50 books for children, and eight novels for adults. Her work is now in over forty languages.

Anne Fine was the second Children’s Laureate (2001-2003). She received an OBE in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours list. In the same year, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has twice won the Carnegie Medal (for Flour Babies Library no. 15740 and Goggle-Eyes Libraryno. 15187) and twice been named in the British Book Awards as Children's Author of the Year (in 1990 and 1993). In 1998 she was the UK nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Author Award. In 2010 she won the inaugural Good Writing Award.