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Holly Bourne - Author

About the Author

Holly Bourne is the author of Am I Normal Yet?, How Hard Can Love Be?, What’s a Girl Gotta Do?, The Manifesto on How to be Interesting and Soulmates. She graduated with a first class degree in Journalism Studies at University of Sheffield and spent two years working as a local news reporter on the Surrey Mirror, garnering a nomination for Print Journalist of the Year in 2010. During her time there, Holly uncovered many national and international stories that received huge press coverage. She was nominated for Print Journalist of the Year – but found she didn’t have the stomach for the job. 

Her first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. Am I Normal Yet? has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016, and shortlisted for The Bookseller YA Book Prize. 

Her own experiences of blatant sexism, drove her to write Am I Normal Yet? - the first book in the critically acclaimed Normal series about three girls who start their own grassroots feminist campaign group. The trilogy has inspired young girls to start their own groups all over the UK and Holly tours schools and festivals to talk to young people about gender equality. To mark the release of What’s a Girl Gotta Do? – the last book in the trilogy – Holly launched the #IamaFeminist social media campaign which trended worldwide. She lives in Lewes.

She worked as a journalist for TheSite.org an advice and information website for 16-25 year olds, click here to read a Q&A with Holly.

Featured books by Holly Bourne

Other books by Holly Bourne

...And a Happy New Year?

...And a Happy New Year?

Author: Holly Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Spinster Club girls Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a New Year party to remember! For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It's time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots. (And not tears and tantrums and horrible secrets.) Because everything's going right for these girls - Spinster Club for ever! Right?

The Places I've Cried in Public

The Places I've Cried in Public

Author: Holly Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she's starting to realise love isn't supposed to hurt like this. So now she's retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him.

What Magic Is This?

What Magic Is This?

Author: Holly Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2019

Sophia, Mia and Alexis are clinging on to a spark of hope that maybe - just maybe - they're special. But could they really be witches with the power to cast life-changing spells? When the three friends gather to cheer up heartbroken Sophia, they're ready to put their theory to the test. But when long-held secrets are revealed and hard truths start to hit home, their night of bewitching quickly takes an unexpected turn ... A touching celebration of female friendship and finding the courage to love yourself from acclaimed author Holly Bourne.

How Do You Like Me Now?

How Do You Like Me Now?

Author: Holly Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2019

THE TIMES BESTSELLER 'The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior' DOLLY ALDERTON 'Identifiable, heart-breaking and wickedly funny. I'd say this is one of my favourite books of the year' GIOVANNA FLETCHER 'Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration' SUNDAY TIMES ***** Everyone wants to be Tori Bailey. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she's inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir and uplifting posts online. What's more, her perfect relationship with her long-term boyfriend is the envy of all their friends. But Tori isn't being honest. While everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies, Tori's boyfriend will barely look at her, let alone talk about marriage. And when her best friend Dee unexpectedly falls in love, suddenly Tori's in danger of being left behind. Tori's built a career out of telling women how to live their best life, but is she brave enough to admit it's not what she wants? ***** The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties. Everyone is raving about this book! 'It'll resonate with anyone trying to convince themselves that sticking it out is better than being alone.' EMERALD STREET 'Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs' RED 'It speaks so many truths about being a woman in your thirties; friendships, love and what a fickle beast social media can be. ' CLEMMIE HOOPER 'Hilarious and painfully true' GRAZIA 'Sure to resonate with anyone navigating the emotional minefield of their thirties' RED ONLINE 'Funny, real and heartbreaking. I haven't been this obsessed with a book in years.' LUCY VINE 'Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious' TIMES 'A very funny novel that lives up to its hype' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

How Do You Like Me Now?

How Do You Like Me Now?

Author: Holly Bourne Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/06/2018

THE TIMES BESTSELLER 'The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior' DOLLY ALDERTON 'It is so good! It is so honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us ... I enjoyed it very much.' MARIAN KEYES AS DISCUSSED ON THE SARA COX SHOW AND BBC WOMAN'S HOUR A STYLIST MUST READ BOOK OF 2018 A RED MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF 2018 ***** 'Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.' Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey? There's no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. She's inspired millions of women to stick two fingers up at convention with her bestselling memoir, and she has the perfect relationship to boot. But Tori Bailey has been living a lie. Everyone around her is getting married and having babies, but her long-term boyfriend won't even talk about getting engaged. And when her best friend Dee - her plus one, the only person who understands the madness - falls in love, suddenly Tori's in terrifying danger of being left behind. When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path. It's time for Tori to practise what she's preached, but the question is: is she brave enough? ***** The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties. Everyone is raving about this book! 'Truly a f***ing good novel' EVENING STANDARD 'Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs' RED 'Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration, deftly probing the dissonant dualism between the shinier selves projected online and people's offline reality.' SUNDAY TIMES 'Identifiable, heart-breaking and wickedly funny. I'd say this is one of my favourite books of the year' GIOVANNA FLETCHER 'Funny, sad, honest, insightful, up-to-the-minute. Kept me guessing (and hoping) to the last page' ROISIN MEANEY 'Sure to resonate with anyone navigating the emotional minefield of their thirties' - RED ONLINE 'Smart, witty and perceptive. Razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception' LUCY DIAMOND 'Sublime, perfectly observed' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS 'Bourne incinerates the lies we're all capable of telling ourselves in this raw and very funny book; it'll resonate with anyone trying to convince themselves that sticking it out is better than being alone.' EMERALD STREET 'Funny, real and heartbreaking. I haven't been this obsessed with a book in years.' LUCY VINE 'Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious' TIMES 'Well-written, genuinely funny and movingly honest. It could be a life-changing read for many.' - SHEERLUXE

How Do You Like Me Now?

How Do You Like Me Now?

Author: Holly Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

THE TIMES BESTSELLER 'The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior' DOLLY ALDERTON 'It is so good! It is so honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us ... I enjoyed it very much.' MARIAN KEYES AS DISCUSSED ON THE SARA COX SHOW AND BBC WOMAN'S HOUR A STYLIST MUST READ BOOK OF 2018 A RED MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF 2018 ***** 'Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.' Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey? There's no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. She's inspired millions of women to stick two fingers up at convention with her bestselling memoir, and she has the perfect relationship to boot. But Tori Bailey has been living a lie. Everyone around her is getting married and having babies, but her long-term boyfriend won't even talk about getting engaged. And when her best friend Dee - her plus one, the only person who understands the madness - falls in love, suddenly Tori's in terrifying danger of being left behind. When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path. It's time for Tori to practise what she's preached, but the question is: is she brave enough? ***** The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties. Everyone is raving about this book! 'Truly a f***ing good novel' EVENING STANDARD 'Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs' RED 'Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration, deftly probing the dissonant dualism between the shinier selves projected online and people's offline reality.' SUNDAY TIMES 'Identifiable, heart-breaking and wickedly funny. I'd say this is one of my favourite books of the year' GIOVANNA FLETCHER 'Funny, sad, honest, insightful, up-to-the-minute. Kept me guessing (and hoping) to the last page' ROISIN MEANEY 'Sure to resonate with anyone navigating the emotional minefield of their thirties' - RED ONLINE 'Smart, witty and perceptive. Razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception' LUCY DIAMOND 'Sublime, perfectly observed' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS 'Bourne incinerates the lies we're all capable of telling ourselves in this raw and very funny book; it'll resonate with anyone trying to convince themselves that sticking it out is better than being alone.' EMERALD STREET 'Funny, real and heartbreaking. I haven't been this obsessed with a book in years.' LUCY VINE 'Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious' TIMES 'Well-written, genuinely funny and movingly honest. It could be a life-changing read for many.' - SHEERLUXE