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Meet Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne is a bestselling and critically acclaimed author. Inspired by her work with young people, and her own experiences of everyday sexism, Holly is a passionate mental health advocate and proud feminist.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? – published August 2018

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself? Find out more...

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It Only Happens in the Movies

It Only Happens in the Movies

Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018

Bad boys turned good, kisses in the rain, climbing through bedroom windows... It only happens in the movies.

When Audrey meets Harry, it’s the start of a truly cinematic romance – or is it?

Audrey knows that Harry is every movie cliché rolled into one. But she still chooses to let him into her heart...

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Holly Bourne is something special, she's got it. Patrick Ness

BBC Young Writers' Award judge

Holly was a judge for the 2017 BBC Young Writers' Award. She joined fellow judge Nikesh Shukla and chair of the award Alice Levine in a quest for ‘extraordinary’ stories that reveal how teenagers are inspired by the world around them. 

Whenever I visit schools, I'm always telling you that your voice matters and your experience matters and that you don't need permission to shout from the rooftops. With that in mind, I'm so SO excited to be judging the BBC Young Writers' Award. Holly Bourne

The Spinster Club

The Spinster Club has inspired readers to set up their own feminist groups – or Spinster Clubs – across the UK. Holly launched the Spinster Club Hub where readers can download all they need to start their own clubs. Resources include discussion notes, reading lists and downloadable membership badges and mobile screensavers.

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Holly talks fun and feminism in the Spinster Club series

Other books by Holly



After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when they do meet and fall in love, thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems. With a secret international agency preparing to separate them and a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, they are left with an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love… Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect match for each other. Soulmates.


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Warning: this book will demolish your heart as it has demolished mine. CJ Skuse, author of Rockoholic, review of Soulmates
The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

Apparently I'm boring. A nobody. But that's all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you're very welcome. Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes. But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.


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Full of wisdom, heartache, and honesty, this tops John Green in my book. Never Judge a Book by Its Cover review of The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting

More about Holly

Holly Bourne is an author and a journalist. Holly's first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the Spinster Club series, Am I Normal Yet?, was chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. The Spinster Club series has also inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs across the UK and Ireland. Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor of - a charity-run advice and information website for young people.

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