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Clare Furniss

Biography

Clare Furniss

Clare grew up in London, and moved to the Birmingham suburbs in her teens. She always loved creative writing, and as a child wrote stories and poems in her spare time, but it never occurred to her that she could do it for a living.
 
She worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, and a general dogsbody at the Shakespeare Centre Library in Stratford-upon-Avon (where the biggest perk of the job was lots of free theatre tickets) before studying at Cambridge University, later gaining an MLitt from Aberdeen University.
 
Clare went on to work in media relations for the homelessness charity Shelter and spent several years as a press officer for then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. This entailed a lot of writing – press releases, articles, briefing papers – but it wasn’t until she took a career break to have her children that Clare at last plucked up the courage to do what she’d always really wanted to do, and write a book.
 
She was awarded a place on the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, and wrote THE YEAR OF THE RAT as her MA manuscript.
 
Clare now lives in a very untidy house in Bath with her husband and three children.

Clare Furniss

Books by Clare Furniss

by Clare Furniss - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Hattie’s summer is not going according to plan. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to “find himself” and Kat is in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with the endless drama surrounding her mother’s wedding. And she’s also just discovered that she’s pregnant with Reuben’s baby. Then Gloria --- Hattie’s great-aunt who no one even knew existed --- comes crashing into her life. Gloria’s fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling, and is in the early stages of dementia.

by Clare Furniss - Young Adult 13+

Pearl's baby sister is The Rat. She's the reason Pearl's mum died, the reason everything changed forever, and Pearl can't forgive her for that. Because losing her mum is the hardest thing that has happened to Pearl and no one, not her dad, her interfering granny, her best friend - and especially not her new little sister - can break down the barriers she's putting up. But what if Pearl's mum isn't completely gone? What if, somehow, she's still here? The world may tip at any moment, Pearl knows that now. The trick is finding something to hold on to...