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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

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 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

The New Girl

The New Girl

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/2012

Brand new edition of the popular story of a girl who argues with her best friend, but very soon finds a replacement - When Kirsty falls out with her best friend, new girl Carly seems the perfect replacement. At first, Kirsty thinks she's great, but she soon notices Carly copying her more and more and things just don't add up - Can she stop Carly from taking over her life? Taut novel about truth and friendship. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers.

Velvet

Velvet

Author: Mary Hooper Format: eBook Release Date: 03/09/2011

London, 1901. Nach dem Tod ihres Vaters ist die junge Velvet ganz auf sich gestellt. Eine Stelle als Wascherin bewahrt sie zwar vor dem Schlimmsten, doch erst als Madame Savoya, ein stadtbekanntes Medium, die Waise unter ihre Fittiche nimmt, scheint die groe Chance des Madchens gekommen.

The Betrayal

The Betrayal

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2009

In this final volume, Lucy is asked to continue her work on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. And her romance with Tomas, the queen's fool, seems to be flourishing - or it is until Mistress Juliette, the new lady-in-waiting, arrives and Tomas pays her far too much attention for Lucy's liking. But then Lucy realises that Juliette is telling lies and is not what she appears to be. Lucy fears for the safety of the queen as there are always supporters of Mary, Queen of Scots who are willing to risk all. How will Lucy convince Tomas of her fears when he just teases her and tells her that she is simply jealous? Desperate times call for desperate measures A thrilling and romantic historical novel that will give all teenage readers an accurate sense of the Elizabethan period.

Zara

Zara

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2009

Zara and Ella were both two weeks late for the start of the school year. Ever since then they've been best friends. They're always fooling around finding out the star signs of boys they fancy, reading out their horoscopes and playing games to discover the initial of the boy they're going to marry - just things to pass the time and take their minds off exams and tests. Ella's never really taken it all very seriously, but then Zara starts to act a bit differently - dressing like a Goth and experimenting with her new-found spiritual side and psychic powers in order to get them noticed by the popular crowd in their class and earn them both a bit of kudos. But little does Ella know how far Zara is really prepared to go - even betraying their friendship - to get the attention she clearly seeks. Mary Hooper writes with haunting accuracy about the manipulative mind games and power struggles that go on within groups of friends at school. Zara is a brilliantly observed account of school life for teenage girls as well as being a book that one simply burns through - pacy, juicy and lively writing about issues that horrify and fascinate and resonate all at once.

Little Dinners, How to Serve Them with Elegance and Economy

Little Dinners, How to Serve Them with Elegance and Economy

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2009

Little Dinners, How to Serve Them with Elegance and Economy

Little Dinners, How to Serve Them with Elegance and Economy

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2009

Thirteen Candles

Thirteen Candles

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2008

It's Julia's 13th birthday, but despite all the celebrations, she can't get rid of the strange shivery tingle going down her spine. And why did the candles on her birthday cake blow themselves out on their own? Then, when she watches a home video of her celebrations, she notices a dark hazy shape leaning over her shoulder. She's sure it blew out the candles - but what is it?

At the House of the Magician

At the House of the Magician

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2007

Lucy has been forced to run away from home as she fears for her safety from her drunken father. She is taken on as a maid at the house of Dr Dee, court magician, upon whom Elizabeth I relies heavily, even down to advising the date of her coronation. The household is strange and sinister, and Lucy has a nose for intrigue ...And she has more than enough to satisfy her: Lucy stumbles across a plot to assassinate the queen and has to find means to warn her ...

The Revolting Wedding

The Revolting Wedding

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2007

We stared at the disaster area in front of us. Bits of icing lay like snow over half the dining-room, the little bride and groom had nose-dived on to the carpet and the columns that had supported the top two tiers had rolled under the table. It's the morning of the dreaded wedding, and Katie's promise to be on best behaviour falls foul when she tumbles headlong into the wedding cake. Katie may not be able to get out of wearing that revolting blue bridesmaid's dress, but she's going to have to find a way to get herself out of this sticky cake mess, or she's dead meat!

The Revolting Bridesmaid

The Revolting Bridesmaid

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2007

Katie's sister is getting married to a man who is too old, too fat and too geeky. He also happens to be a teacher at Katie's school - how embarrassing! But it gets worse. Katie has been asked to be the bridesmaid. Yuk! How will she ever live down the shame of having that man as a brother-in-law, and having to wear a frilly blue dress for a whole day? It's time for action. Katie has to find her sister a new boyfriend, and fast.

The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose

The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Eliza is ousted by her new stepmother from her family and finally makes her way to London - only to be thrown straight into prison for stealing a mouthful of bread. At this point Eliza's life takes some remarkable twists as she learns to survive the sordid prison life, and is rescued by a woman she has never met before pretending to be her aunt - but for what exactly? - and befriends Nell Gwynn who introduces her to the courtly intrigue, politics and glamour of the court of King Charles. And then Eliza finds out about her true background.

Nelson's Home Comforts

Nelson's Home Comforts

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2006

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2003

'You be going to live in the city, Hannah?' Farmer Price asked, pushing his battered hat up over his forehead. 'Wouldn' t think you'd want to go there Times like this, I would have thought your sister would try and keep you away.' Hannah is oblivious to Farmer Price's dark words, excited as she is about her first ever trip to London to help her sister in her shop 'The Sugared Plum', making sweetmeats for the gentry. Hannah does not however get the reception she expected from her sister Sarah. Instead of giving Hannah a hearty welcome, Sarah is horrified that Hannah did not get her message to stay away - the Plague is taking hold of London. Based on much research, Mary Hooper tellingly conveys how the atmosphere in London changes from a disbelief that the plague is anything serious, to the full-blown horror of the death carts and being locked up - in effect to die - if your house is suspected of infection. A brilliant new departure from this best-selling author. Mary Hooper is another writer to watch The Independent

Two Sides of the Story

Two Sides of the Story

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/1998

Astra is thoughtful, a bit of a hippy, interested in astrology, and is best friends with Beth who is much more street-wise, trendy and vivacious. Their friendship is good and uncomplicated until they fall for the same boy, Ben. The girls' friendship is tested and they begin to fall out.