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Anne Fine
Born (1947-12-07) 7 December 1947 (age 67)
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Warwick
Period 1978–present
Genre Children's literature (all ages); black comedy
Notable works
Notable awards Carnegie Medal
1989, 1992
Guardian Prize
Spouse Kit Fine, Dick Warren[1]
Children Cordelia Fine, Ione Fine

Anne Fine, OBE FRSL (born 7 December 1947) is a British writer, best known for children's books although she also writes for adults. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and she was awarded an OBE in 2003.[2]

Fine has written more than fifty children's books including two winners of the annual Carnegie Medal and three highly commended runners-up.[3][a] For some of those five books she also won the Guardian Prize, one Smarties Prize, two Whitbread Awards, and she was twice the Children's Author of the Year.

For her contribution as a children's writer Fine was a runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1998.[4][5] From 2001 to 2003 she was the second British Children's Laureate.[6]


Fine was born in Leicester, Leicestershire, and educated in neighbouring counties of central England. She attended Northampton High School and earned a degree in politics from the University of Warwick. She was married to the philosopher Kit Fine and has now been with her partner Dick Warren for more than 20 years.[1] She currently lives in Barnard Castle, County Durham, England.


Her books for older children include Madame Doubtfire (1987), a satirical novel[7] that Twentieth Century Fox filmed as Mrs. Doubtfire starring Robin Williams. Goggle-Eyes (Hamish Hamilton, 1989) was adapted for television by Deborah Hall for the BBC.

Her books for middle children include Bill's New Frock (Methuen, 1989) and How to Write Really Badly (1996).

Her work has been translated into 45 languages.[8]

In March 2014, Fine lent her support to the campaign Let Books Be Books, which aims to persuade publishers of children’s books to stop labelling and promoting books as 'for boys' or 'for girls'. She told UK newspaper The Guardian: "You'd think this battle would have been won decades ago. But even some seemingly bright and observant adults are buying into it again […] There are girls of all sorts, with all interests, and boys of all sorts with all interests. Just meeting a few children should make that obvious enough. But no, these idiotic notions are spouted so often they become a self-fulfilling societal straitjacket from which all our children suffer".[9]


The biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award conferred by the International Board on Books for Young People is the highest recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children's books. Fine was one of five finalists for the writing award in 1998.[4][5]

She won the 1989 Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising Goggle-Eyes as that year's best children's book,[10] and she was one of two highly commended runners-up for the same Medal with Bill's New Frock.[3][a] She also won the once-in-a-lifetime Guardian Prize for Goggle-Eyes[11] and the Smarties Prize in ages category 6–8 years for Bill's New Frock.

Three years later she won the Carnegie Medal again for Flour Babies (Hamilton, 1992), which was also named the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. The Tulip Touch (Hamilton, 1996) was her second Whitbread winner and her second highly commended for the Carnegie.

Up on Cloud Nine (Doubleday, 2002) was the last highly commended Carnegie runner-up, a distinction then used 29 times in 24 years. Fine is one of seven authors to win two Carnegie Medals (1936–2012) and the only author of three Highly Commended books.[3][a]

Runners-up, nominations, etc.
  • 1984 Guardian shortlist – The Granny Project
  • 1987 Guardian shortlist – Madame Doubtfire
  • 1987 Whitbread shortlist – Madame Doubtfire
  • 1989 Carnegie, highly commended – Bill's New Frock[3]
  • 1993 Carnegie shortlist – The Angel of Nitshill Road
  • 1996 Carnegie, highly commended – Tulip Touch[3]
  • 2002 Carnegie, highly commended – Up on Cloud Nine[3]
  • 2004 shortlist for the Red House Children's Book Award, Younger Readers – The More The Merrier
  • 2006 Carnegie shortlist – The Road of Bones
  • 2007 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, ages 6–8, second place – Ivan the Terrible
  • 2014 Carnegie shortlist - Blood Family

Selected works[edit]

Picture books[edit]

For younger children[edit]

For middle children[edit]

The three "Sudden" books were reissued as one, Genie, Genie, Genie (2004) ISBN 1-4052-1202-0.

For older children[edit]

For adults[edit]

The Killjoy (1986) ISBN 0-14-023842-5

Nobody has ever treated Ian Laidlow in a natural way. Disfigured by hideous facial scars he had never been treated with anything other than distant courtesy. But then Alicia Davie, a careless, ignorant young student breaks this pattern by laughing in his face. Alicia goes on to infiltrate the hidden man, going through the face he presents to the world, through his scar patch, to discover the hidden man, never realising that she is playing with fire...

In Cold Domain (1994) ISBN 0-670-85609-6

A glorious tirade against the grind of motherhood. Lilith Collett lives in an Eden, a paradise that enchanted the childhoods of her children. Now if any one of them dares to defy her in the smallest matter, she destroys yet another part of the garden and of their childhood. Enter an archangel, Miguel-Angel Arqueso Algaron Perez de Vega, under whose spell the downtrodden Barbara dares to defy her mother. When Williams lover Casper weighs in his subtle way the fate of the Colletts and their garden are finally and unexpectedly sealed.

Taking the Devil's Advice (1990) ISBN 0-670-83191-3

A philosopher spends his summer with his children, his ex-wife and his ex-gardener (his ex-wife's new husband) to write his autobiography. His notes are interspersed with his wife's side of the story, and though philosophy was always easier for Oliver than real life, real life is about to come crashing down around him.

Telling Liddy (1998) ISBN 0-593-04235-2

All Bones and Lies (2001) ISBN 0-593-04725-7

Raking the Ashes (2005) ISBN 0-593-05412-1

Our Precious Lulu (2009) ISBN 0-593-06361-9

"Walk on Water, Walk on Air", Sunday Times, 18 January 2009 (online edition)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Today there are usually eight books on the Carnegie shortlist. CCSU lists 32 "Highly Commended" runners-up for the Carnegie Medal from 1966 to 2002 but only three before 1979 when the distinction became approximately annual. There were 29 "HC" books in 24 years including two in 1989 and one each in 1996 and 2002. (The "Commended" distinction was used about 135 times from 1954 to 2002.)
    • No one has won three Carnegies. Among the seven authors with two Medals, six were active during 1966–2002 and all wrote at least one highly commended runner-up, led by Anne Fine with three.
  2. ^ a b c Anne Fine's first two books, The Summer-House Loon and The Other Darker Ned, published by Methuen Children's Books in 1978 and 1979, were updated, linked by new text, and published by Corgi Children's Books in 2006 under the title On The Summerhouse Steps.


  1. ^ a b Salter, Jessica (14 September 2010). "World of Anne Fine, author". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  2. ^ "Anne Fine Awarded OBE". Jubilee Books. 21 July 2003. Retrieved 21 August 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Carnegie Medal Award". 2007(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Hans Christian Andersen Awards". International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Candidates for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards 1956–2002". The Hans Christian Andersen Awards, 1956–2002. IBBY. Gyldendal. 2002. Pages 110–18. Hosted by Austrian Literature Online (literature.at). Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Anne Fine". Children's Laureate (childrenslaureate.org.uk). Booktrust. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  7. ^ Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Encyclopaedia of Satirical Literature, Oxford, 1996, p. xv.
  8. ^ "Anne Fine's books in translation" Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  9. ^ Flood, Alison (7 March 2014). "Parents push to end gender division of boys' and girls' books". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c (Carnegie Winner 1989). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  11. ^ a b c "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". theguardian 12 March 2001. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Anne Fine". Literature: Writers. British Council. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  13. ^ a b (Carnegie Winner 1992). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2 August 2012.

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Quentin Blake
Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Michael Morpurgo

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:22:55 -0800

Kate Atkinson made a loss, Anne Fine made a loss. Ilkley I would think would be the closest of any festivals in this region to be a contender for self-sufficiency, but they actually programme a lot of events which make a loss despite the plethora a big ...


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:11:15 -0800

We're really enjoying working on it." The cast has not yet been announced. The original Mrs Doubtfire - which was adapted from Anne Fine's book of the same name - won an Oscar for Best Make-Up and starred Mara Wilson, Sally Fields and Pierce Brosnan.

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:00:33 -0700

Authors so often find films of their books a mixed blessing. My novel Madame Doubtfire had been under option for more than 10 years when Robin Williams finally closed the deal. I heard on the grapevine that a child's easy access to the noncustodial ...

Latin Post

Latin Post
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:31:43 -0800

Based on Anne Fine's lauded 1987 novel "Alias Madame Doubtfire," "Mrs. Doubtfire" was directed by Chris Columbus ("Home Alone," "The Goonies") and distributed by 20th Century Fox in 1993. The film stars Oscar winners Robin Williams, who also served ...


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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:51:03 -0700

Good books do not have pink or blue colours, the award-winning author Anne Fine has said, as she argues gender-based marketing is “nonsensical” and sets society back 50 years. Fine, the former children's laureate and Carnegie Medal winner, said ...

Leicester Mercury

Leicester Mercury
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:32:33 -0700

The Leicester-born author of the book which inspired one of Robin Williams's most endearing film characters has paid tribute to the tragic star. Anne Fine's Madame Doubtfire, the protagonist in her 1987 satirical novel about divorce and family, was ...

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph
Sat, 03 Jan 2015 02:52:30 -0800

Weeks herself caught the acting bug young, and made her first TV appearance in 1993 having won the lead role in an adaptation of Anne Fine's Goggle Eyes, alongside her younger sister, Perdita. More TV roles followed, and she also found time to study ...

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