• Leading writers choose their favourite living children's author. from The Guardian.
Anne Fine on Geraldine McCaughrean
I reckon Geraldine McCaughrean knocks the socks off every other children's writer today. Everything she does is different and everything works – look at her list of prizes. She must write in tremendous bursts. Some years, she's so prolific the rest of us start joking that the fairies come in at night to do her work for her. Then she'll go quiet, so unlike all those writers who are persuaded by their publishers to come up with something every year, no matter how tired or drab. If Geraldine has nothing fresh to write, she doesn't write it.
I came across her work in Edinburgh 20 years ago. A fine review of one of her adult novels, Fires' Astonishment, made me curious. I thought the book so compelling I View complete article