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Sue Hampton is a full-time author.
For most of her life she was teacher, and was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2004. In 2005 she took a sabbatical to pursue her dream of being a writer. Her debut work, Spirit and Fire, was published in 2007. She had previously also ran her own vegetarian food business.
At twenty-four, Sue was diagnosed with alopecia. Having spent most of her subsequent life wearing a wig in public, the success of her writing gave her the confidence to admit her condition. She is now an ambassador for Alopecia UK.
Sue has visited over 500 schools up and down the country to inspire children and teenagers to read and write, and also addresses adult audiences including trainee teachers at university. With her husband Leslie Tate, poet and novelist, she visits writers’ and reading groups. “Being a full-time author is thrilling because I love words and I’m happy when I’m immersed in characters and situations I’ve created which feel absolutely real.’
A thought provoking, fascinating and completely captivating book about the importance of family, self awareness and self belief. Kim and Fizzy, both 15 years old, (one fiercely independent and sharply witty and the other earnest, kind and thoughtful) are totally believable in their differing reactions to life changing news. The girls feel satisfyingly real and the highlighting of their flaws as well as their abilities make them somehow even more charismatic. Learning that the author was inspired by two Russian girls who discovered at the age of 12 that they had been raised by the wrong family and in a different faith, really helps to cement the development of the narrative. The ending to this special and stimulating novel leaves you wanting more, and feels as though a door has been left open to the future, encouraging questions and thoughts about the meaning of family, relationships and love.
From Sue Hampton, who taught many Y4 classes before she became an author, this is a collection of four stories with fun in common. KOOT IN SPACE: On Koot's first mission as a Space Cadet, he has to forget he's hopeless, and outwit the colossal creature that left bite marks in an abandoned space station. DORA THE BOT: Erin meets a satnav with personality that takes her places where only imagination can lead. HALLOOO IAN: Ian, who was born on Halloween, tries to be scary but everyone only finds him funny - until The Thing appears to terrify him and his family, and there's only one way to defeat it. QED: Clever Jimbo likes to experiment on people, but when his research begins on holiday, things go horribly wrong for the wannabe Professor, 'dangerous' Claire, Pavlov the dog, and Bertie, the baby who laughs as wildly as he cries. Fantasy can feel real. Sue's playful style creates original, sometimes surreal stories with a human heart.
Berkhamsted charity People not Borders presents a beautiful picture book for pre-school and KS1 (and beyond). Gently, and with exquisite textile illustrations, "e;I am Me"e; explores the experience of a child refugee leaving home and arriving in the U.K.
WOKEN is a second collection to follow RAVELLED. In these ten varied stories, whatever the style or context, Sue Hampton's focus is love. You'll find love of earth, love not hate and love not war. She explores romantic love: sudden, unrequited, fractured or selfish. There's love as action for change, and love lost to ego or inertia. WOKEN has sun and storm, birth and death, but threading through the collection is love of life, humanity and the mystery you might call God.
A collection of short stories by author Sue Hampton. Reviews include "e;I loved the underlying story of beauty not being in the eye of the beholder. The Brute and the Beast is wonderfully written with an abundance of fantastic details and adjectives to let the mind visualise the scenes and personalities in the book."e;