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Mary Hooper - Author

About the Author

Says of herself: I was born in Barnes, South West London, which became expensive and trendy as soon as I left it. I often – nostalgically and rather lazily – use Barnes as a setting for my books. If I speak of a river then I’m thinking of the Thames, and if it’s a park or common then I picture Barnes Common. I was able to utilise all these local points and bring in Mortlake and Richmond, too, when I was writing two books about Queen Elizabeth I’s magician, Dr Dee, who lived in Mortlake.

I wasn’t very clever at school, although I was always good at English. I failed my 11-plus exam, and then my 13-plus, and after this there wasn’t a lot of hope for me, so I didn’t get any qualifications or certificates. My last school report says, “Far too noisy and talkative” and I think this was because, being an only child, I just loved having someone around to talk to. I left school when I was fifteen (you could in those days) but it wasn’t until many years later than I did a part-time degree at Reading University and began to get officially educated.

I started working as a window dresser, but soon went into an office and – very valuable, this, for a writer – learned to type. One day I read a short story, thought that I could do better and sat down and wrote one. I sent it to Jackie, a teenage magazine, and much to my surprise sold it for £14. I was launched as a writer! I went on to write lots of short stories, and then serials, and eventually decided to write a book. At the time, there were hardly any books for teenagers, so I found getting published quite easy, but it’s very different now. I’ve written perhaps seventy or so books for children and young adults, most of them set in modern times, but as soon as I began writing historical novels I realised how much I loved doing this, and decided I didn’t want to write any more modern ones. No, not even any Megans!

I’m married to Richard and we live in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. I’ve still got a VW Beetle, but have upgraded it to a cabriolet version, which will be lovely when the weather improves and I can put the top down (if I can remember how to do it). My children are very grown up, my son is a writer and works for New Scientist and my daughter works for Microsoft - and has recently presented me with a gorgeous first grandson, Mackenzie. I look after him on Wednesdays so don’t ever bother me then! My hobbies are reading (of course), pottering around the house, painting furniture and being nosy (which goes with being a writer).

Featured books by Mary Hooper

Other books by Mary Hooper

Nelson's Home Comforts Thirteenth Edition. Revised And Enlarged

Nelson's Home Comforts Thirteenth Edition. Revised And Enlarged

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

Cookery for invalids persons of delicate Digestion, and for Children

Cookery for invalids persons of delicate Digestion, and for Children

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2017

Cookery for invalids persons of delicate Digestion, and for Children

Cookery for invalids persons of delicate Digestion, and for Children

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2017

A Dark Trade

A Dark Trade

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2016

Gina knows that Victorian London is no place for an orphaned girl - there are those that would literally steal the hair off her head. And so Gina finds work with Thread and Spider as 'George', selling burial outfits stripped off rich corpses. The work is dangerous and illegal, but it is better than starving. But then Thread and Spider's demands increase and friendship with blind beggar girl Annameans that Gina has something to lose. Mary Hooper weaves her trademark spell on her readers with this enchanting book. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Poppy in the Field

Poppy in the Field

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

When Poppy learns that the love of her life, Freddie de Vere, is to marry someone else, she knows her heart will break. Devastated, she volunteers her nursing skills overseas to take her away from the painful reminders at home. But things are about to get much worse for Poppy. The journey to the hospital in Flanders is full of horrors, and when she arrives it is to find a spiteful ward Sister and unfriendly nurses. Despite her loneliness and homesickness, the dangers of frontline warfare soon make her forget her own troubles and Poppy finds that comfort for a broken heart can be found in the most unexpected places. Brilliantly researched and inspired by real-life events, big and small, Poppy in the Field is a story about the forgotten bravery of women on the front line, told through the eyes of a young woman determined to play her part.

Newes from the Dead

Newes from the Dead

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2014

In 1650 Anne Green, a young servant girl, gave birth prematurely to an illegitimate child. Sadly the baby died and poor Anne was falsely accused of infanticide. In front of a large crowd she was hanged and then carried to the College of Physicians to be dissected for medical science. But as Anne's corpse lay on the table and the doctors assembled, a strange rattle was heard in her throat. Could she still be alive?

Ring of Roses

Ring of Roses

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2014

Intensely powerful novel set in London during the height of the Plague in the 1600s. Abby is delighted to be appointed to the position of nursemaid in the well-to-do Beauchurch household. But it's the summer of 1665, and soon whispers are spreading through London that the Plague is returning. Can Abby keep herself and her small charge Grace safe, or will the disaster engulf them? A companion piece to Mary Hooper's bestselling 'At the Sign of the Sugared Plum'. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Teuflische Maskerade

Teuflische Maskerade

Author: Mary Hooper Format: eBook Release Date: 19/07/2013

Spannung und Romantik von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite: Der dritte und letzte Teil der Abenteuerreihe um die junge Lucy erweckt das London des Elisabethanischen Zeitalters zu neuem, schillerndem Leben.

Geheimnisvolles Vermachtnis

Geheimnisvolles Vermachtnis

Author: Mary Hooper Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2013

London, Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die funfzehnjahrige Grace lebt mit ihrer Schwester Lily in einem Waisenhaus in einem der armsten Viertel von London. Jeder Tag ist fur sie ein Kampf ums Uberleben. Grace ahnt nicht, dass sie und ihre Schwester per Zeitungsannonce als Erbinnen eines riesigen Vermogens gesucht werden. Doch es ist nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis Mr Unwin, der skrupellose Bestattungsunternehmer, bei dem Grace arbeitet, die Annonce entdeckt. Kann James, der junge Anwaltsgehilfe, Grace helfen und das Komplott rechtzeitig aufdecken?

Im Haus des Zauberers

Im Haus des Zauberers

Author: Mary Hooper Format: eBook Release Date: 29/05/2013

Die junge Lucy traumt davon, ihr Heimatdorf zu verlassen und eine Anstellung als Dienstmadchen zu finden. Am liebsten in einem reichen Haus, das so nah wie moglich bei der von ihr angebeteten Konigin Elisabeth ist. Per Zufall gerat sie in das Haus des Dr. Dee, seines Zeichens Zauberer und personlicher magischer Berater der Konigin. Fasziniert beobachtet Lucy die geheimnisvollen Experimente und Zeremonien, die Dr. Dee mit seinem Kollegen Mr Kelly durchfuhrt. Bis sie einem schrecklichen Geheimnis auf die Spur kommt, das die Konigin in hochste Gefahr bringt ...

The Genie

The Genie

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2013

Everyone would like a Genie to carry out their wishes, right? Perhaps not, as Fudge discovers when she gains her own supernatural helper! Be careful what you wish for...A new edition of this fun story from the author of the Megan series and bestselling historical novels including Velvet and Fallen Grace. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

In koniglichem Auftrag

In koniglichem Auftrag

Author: Mary Hooper Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2013

England zum Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts: Offiziell als einfaches Kindermadchen im Haus des koniglichen Magiers beschaftigt, halt die junge Lucy im Geheimen als Spionin im Dienste Elizabeths I. Ausschau nach Verratern - und entdeckt dabei noch manch anderes dunkles Geheimnis...

Nelson's Home Comforts Thirteenth Edition

Nelson's Home Comforts Thirteenth Edition

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2012