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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.

The Places I've Cried in Public

The Places I've Cried in Public – published October 2019

Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she’s starting to realise love isn’t supposed to hurt like this. So now she’s retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him. Find out more...

Holly Bourne

Women's Aid

In September 2019 Holly was announced as ambassador for the charity Women's Aid, focusing on their #LoveRespect website. The website aims to support teenage girls at risk of relationship abuse and challenge myths surrounding the nature of coercive control. Holly's role will be to reach out to young adults through website content, Women's Aid events and as a press spokesperson.

We are never more vulnerable than when we are in love, and this is particularly true when we fall in love for the first time with no other relationships to compare it to. That's why it's so important Women's Aid exists to educate young people on what healthy relationships look like and feel like, especially when abusive behaviour is so romanticised by the media. Holly Bourne
Holly Bourne is something special, she's got it. Patrick Ness

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.

Visit The Spinster Club Hub

Holly talks fun and feminism in the Spinster Club series

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 TheSite.org - a charity-run advice and information website for young people.

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