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  • Published: 24 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784163655
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

Our Precious Lulu

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A sharp and witty tale of sibling rivalry, bitterness and revenge from this highly-acclaimed author.

Lulu has always been intolerable. From spending every childhood moment worming her way into the affections of her stepmother (spitefully undermining poor Geraldine, her dumpy and hardworking stepsister, along the way) to growing into a sexy, long-legged and ruthless adult. Jobs, lovers, fashionable clothes: Lulu picks them up at whim and drops them with equal ease, confident that Geraldine and her faithfully supportive husband, Robert, will bail her out of every passing problem.

But not even watchful Robert has realized quite how much Geraldine's exemplary patience has rested on one simple but long-lasting assumption about her own family.

Could everything finally be about to change ...?

  • Pub date: 24 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784163655
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Anne Fine

Anne Fine is one of our most distinguished writers for children. She has written over fifty highly acclaimed books and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and both the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal twice over. Anne was appointed the Children’s Laureate from 2001-3, and her work has been translated into over forty languages. In 2003 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an OBE. Anne lives in County Durham.

Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands, and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults.
Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal, and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire has become a major feature film starring Robin Williams. Anne was the Children's Laureate 2001 - 2003 and won an OBE in 2003.

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Praise for Our Precious Lulu

“Sharp and black ... Fine's depiction of a cunning and manipulative character is masterful, and the conclusion is horribly satisfying.”

The Times

“Fine writes in dignified and clear prose that does ring true.”

Sunday Times

“This wickedly entertaining novel ... is not one to miss”

The Independent

“Few writers can convey better than Anne Fine the dangerous currents that ripple through an unhappy family.”

Financial Times

“Fine untangles all these threads with great psychological intelligence, and a merciless sense of comedy.”


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