I write children’s books because I believe they’re the most important books of all. I remember reading Watership Down by Richard Adams when I was eight, and thinking it was the best book I’d ever read. I re-read it when I was 35, and thought it was even better! But where at eight I’d seen a […]
Talking Point: “I want books that show my daughter there isn’t only one way to be a girl.” Clare Furniss on feminism in YA fiction.
“Mum,” my soon-to-be-teenage daughter said to me recently. “Why do people think that anything teenage girls like is stupid?” She’d summed up in one question the way that society so often makes teenage girls feel: silly, dismissed, unsure of who or what they are supposed to be. In my latest book, How Not To Disappear,
As well as being an author of some books for children, I am the father of two boys under 10. Like many (most?) parents, I can sometimes feel regrets about the things I’ve not managed to do together with my children. We’ve never built a tree-house. I haven’t taken a half day off