Tamsin Winter studied English Literature and Creative Writing before working in advertising, travelling and teaching in Singapore for a year. She now works as a secondary school English teacher in Leicestershire and lives with her young son. Being Miss Nobody is Tamsin’s first novel.
Jemima Small is funny and super smart. She knows a lot of things. Like the fact that she’s made of 206 bones, over 600 muscles and trillions of cells. What she doesn’t know is how that can be true and yet she can still feel like nothing… or how being made to join the school’s “special” healthy lifestyle group - A.K.A Fat Club - could feel any less special, and make her question her dream of applying for her favourite TV quiz show. But she also knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest. And maybe it’s her time to shine… A brilliantly funny and touching new novel exploring bullying, body confidence and, most importantly, learning how to be happy with who you are.
Tamsin's novel Being Miss Nobody is the story of a girl with Selective Mutism, an anxiety disorder which prevents people from speaking in certain social situations, who starts her own blog and learns to speak up.
It is also about the double-edged sword of social media, and how it can connect like-minded people for the better – but also allow people to say things behind an online persona that they wouldn't say in real life.
"As someone who lives with a mental health condition, I know how much of a barrier it can be to happiness, and to achieving success in every aspect of your life. How inescapable it can be. But I also know there are incredible people out there who can help.
The barriers and stigma surrounding mental health can only be overcome if we stop hiding. If we can find the courage to speak up. This book is part of the way I’m doing that."
A wonderful book about finding one's own voice Ann M. Martin, author of The Baby-Sitters Club, on Being Miss Nobody