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Meet Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne is a fresh and original voice in Young Adult fiction. Her critically acclaimed Spinster Club series, about three girls who set up a grassroots feminist group, looks to empower her readers to speak up and be heard.

It Only Happens in the Movies – Holly's brand new novel

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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It Only Happens in the Movies

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Holly Bourne

BBC Young Writers' Award judge

Holly has been announced as a judge for the 2017 BBC Young Writers' Award. She will join 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. For information on how to enter go to

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

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

Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor of – a charity-run advice and information website for young people. 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.

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