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Anne Fine

Author of The Diary of a Killer Cat

138+ Works 6,688 Members 98 Reviews 5 Favorited

About the Author

Anne Fine was the second Children's Laureate in Britain between 2001 and 2003. She is a two time winner of the Carnegie Medal, Britain's most coveted children's literature award, and has also won the Guardian Children's Literature Award, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award twice, and a Smarties show more Prize. She also won the Publishing News Children's Author of the Year Award in 1990 and again in 1993. In 2010 she won the inaugural Good Writing Award. Her books for older children include the award winning The Tulip Touch, Goggle-Eyes, which was adapted for television by the BBC and The Devil Walks. Twentieth Century Fox filmed her novel Madame Doubtfire as Mrs Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams. She also writes critically acclaimed adult novels as well. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages, and has over forty books to her credit. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Anne Fine

The Diary of a Killer Cat (1994) — Author — 539 copies
Flour Babies (1992) 487 copies
Madame Doubtfire (1987) 485 copies
The Tulip Touch (1996) 334 copies
Bill's New Frock (1989) 270 copies
Goggle-Eyes (1989) 246 copies
The Return of the Killer Cat (1844) 192 copies
Up on Cloud Nine (2002) 157 copies
Step by Wicked Step (1995) 147 copies
How to Write Really Badly (1996) 142 copies
The Book of the Banshee (1991) 139 copies
The Road of Bones (2006) 139 copies
Telling Liddy (1998) 137 copies
Charm School (1999) 129 copies
The Jamie and Angus Stories (2002) 122 copies
Bad Dreams (2000) 122 copies
The Granny Project (1983) 119 copies
Loudmouth Louis (1600) 100 copies
Notso Hotso (1600) 99 copies
The More the Merrier (2003) 97 copies
The Angel of Nitshill Road (1992) 96 copies
The Chicken Gave It to Me (1992) 85 copies
Blood Family (2013) 79 copies
In Cold Domain (1995) 78 copies
Care of Henry (1836) 78 copies
The Killer Cat Strikes Back (2006) 77 copies
The Country Pancake (1991) 75 copies
Crummy Mummy and Me (1988) 69 copies
The Killjoy (1986) 67 copies
Anneli the Art Hater (1991) 66 copies
A Pack of Liars (1988) 66 copies
Taking The Devil's Advice (1990) 59 copies
The Summer House Loon (1978) 58 copies
Jennifer's Diary (1996) 55 copies
Raking the Ashes (2005) 55 copies
The Stone Menagerie (1980) 54 copies
The Devil Walks (2011) 52 copies
All Bones and Lies (2001) 48 copies
Frozen Billy (1699) — Author — 47 copies
Press Play (1996) 45 copies
The Other Darker Ned (1979) 45 copies
Ivan the Terrible (2007) 43 copies
Round Behind the Ice-House (1600) 41 copies
Jamie and Angus Together (2007) 39 copies
The Haunting of Pip Parker (1992) 35 copies
A Sudden Swirl of Icy Wind (1990) 31 copies
Roll Over Roly (1999) 30 copies
A Sudden Glow of Gold (1991) 30 copies
Fly in the Ointment (2008) 30 copies
Stranger Danger? (1989) 29 copies
Our Precious Lulu (2009) 27 copies
Nag Club (Sprinters) (2004) 26 copies
The Worst Child I Ever Had (1979) 26 copies
Eating Things on Sticks (2009) 25 copies
Scaredy-cat (Banana Books) (1985) 23 copies
Genie Genie Genie (1992) 21 copies
The Killer Cat's Christmas (2007) 21 copies
A Shame to Miss 1 (2002) 20 copies
Ruggles (2001) — Author — 18 copies
A Shame to Miss 3 (2002) 17 copies
The Killer Cat Runs Away (2013) 16 copies
Blue Moon Day (2014) 15 copies
The Twelve Dancing Princesses [Retold by Anne Fine] (1998) — Retold by — 14 copies
Big Red Balloon (2012) 14 copies
It Moved! (2006) 13 copies
The Only Child Club (2013) 12 copies
How Brave is That? (2013) 11 copies
Countdown (Yellow Bananas) (2001) 11 copies
Under a Silver Moon (2010) 11 copies
Trouble In Toadpool (2012) 11 copies
Poor Monty (1992) 9 copies
Under the Bed (2015) 8 copies
Anne Fine Trilogy (1994) 8 copies
On the Summerhouse Steps (2006) 8 copies
On Planet Fruitcake (2013) 7 copies
Shades of Scarlet (2019) 7 copies
Jamie and Angus Forever (2009) 7 copies
Be Nice to Aunt Emma (2021) 4 copies
PramBusters! (2018) 4 copies
The Haunting of Uncle Ron (2014) 4 copies
The Party Club (2015) 3 copies
Battle of Wills (2016) 3 copies
Aftershocks! (2022) 3 copies
Tales from Weird Street (2017) 3 copies
Next to Alice (2023) 2 copies
Gnomes, gnomes, gnomes (2013) 2 copies
Jamie and Angus (2020) 1 copy
Banana Books (1991) 1 copy
Feliz Navidad (2023) 1 copy
Into the Bin (2019) 1 copy
A Remarkable Ear: 1 (2020) 1 copy
Mrs Doubtfire (1994) 1 copy

Associated Works

Mrs. Doubtfire [1993 film] (1993) — Original novel — 560 copies
Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy (2009) — Contributor — 70 copies
Shining On: 11 Star Authors' Illuminating Stories (2006) — Contributor — 50 copies
Losing It (2010) — Contributor — 36 copies
Mirrors: Sparkling New Stories from Prize-Winning Authors (2001) — Contributor — 12 copies
Sisters (Mammoth Contents) (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Other names
FINE, Anne
Birthdate
1947-12-07
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Places of residence
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
California, USA
Arizona, USA
Michigan, USA
Canada
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (show all 7)
County Durham, England, UK
Education
The University of Teesside
The University of Warwick
The University of Central England in Birmingham
Occupations
teacher
information officer (for Oxfam)
children's book author
Relationships
Fine, Cordelia (daughter)
Fine, Kit (husband|divorced)
Awards and honors
British Book Award (1991)
British Book Award (1994)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (2003)
Children's Laureate (2001-2003)
Order of the British Empire (2003)
Agent
David Higham Associates
Short biography
Among the numerous awards she has won are the Carnegie Medal (twice), the Whitbread Children's Novel Award (twice) and the Guardian Children's Literature Award. She has twice been voted Children's Writer of the Year at the British Book Awards and became the Children's Laureate for 2001-3. She has written over forty books for children and adults. A life-long lover of poetry, she has also edited a series of poetry anthologies. She lives in the North East with her partner. (From the back cover of The More the Merrier).

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Reviews

With the font size so big, I expected this to be on a 1st or 2nd grade level, but it's got some big words and a lot of attitude that would only be caught by a fluent reader. The story is narrated by a prissy (he wants you to call him "fastidious") dog with mange (which is GROSS). He's sarcastic and cheeky, which is the most enjoyable part of this book. It's probably best for 3rd and 4th graders who would otherwise be reading Captain Underpants or The Day My Butt Went Psycho. The illustrations reminded me of Quentin Blake, who does most of Roald Dahl's books.… (more)
 
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Law_Books600 | Nov 3, 2023 |
Aarggh. I have enjoyed Anne Fines books in the past - but this one I read the first few chapters, flicked through the rest and read the last chapter. I can see it might inspire some people but maybe I'm finally growing out of my adolescence.
 
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Ma_Washigeri | 3 other reviews | Jan 23, 2021 |
Sent to me by Peggy Doubleday. An odd, charming book. I love the contrarian ending. I felt plunged into the main character's head -- a good thing. I appreciate a story where the YA character is misunderstood by adults but the narrator does not patronize him. Is YA a particularly good way to be immersed in another culture?
 
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Works
138
Also by
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Members
6,688
Popularity
#3,659
Rating
½ 3.6
Reviews
98
ISBNs
1,006
Languages
17
Favorited
5

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