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Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty

Dear Nobody

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In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths

The moving and very real story of two teenagers and an unplanned pregnancy. It is told from two viewpoints - that of Helen as she writes her thoughts in a series of letters to the unborn baby, the Dear Nobody of the title, and of Chris as he reads the letters and relives events as Helen is in labour. It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first.

The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man's Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O'Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells.


Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty

Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty, winner of the Carnegie Medal, is a compelling story told from two points of view, evoking the feelings of both Helen, in a series of letters to the unborn baby, and of Chris as he reads the letters and relives the events of their relationship while Helen is in labour.


I have never read a book that evokes so vividly how it feels to be a teenager in love.' Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Berlie Doherty

Berlie Doherty has written over 60 books as well as plays for radio, theatre and television, short stories and poetry. She has won major awards and prizes in all fields, including the Carnegie Medal (twice), the Writers’ Guild award (twice), Film and Television Award and Royal Philharmonic Society award (for a libretto), and was shortlisted for the International Astrid Lingren award.

Berlie has been published in 21 different languages, and has travelled the world extensively, speaking at International literature festivals and conferences.

She began over 30 years ago by writing short stories for BBC Radio 4 Morning Story, and has published one short story collection, ‘Running on Ice’. Much of her writing is for young adults, though she also writes picture book texts, children’s books and has two novels for adults, ‘Requiem’ and ‘The Vinegar Jar’, both of which are due to be republished in 2014 by Cybermouse MultiMedia Ltd.

Berlie is best known for ‘Dear Nobody’, which won many awards both as a young adult novel and as a play for theatre and for radio. It has also been made into a television drama.

Her book for children, ‘Street Child’, (also a play script) is read and performed extensively in schools throughout the country, and she is currently completing a long-awaited sequel.

Crossing the Glacier’ won First prize in the Daily Telegraph short story competition and was published in the Daily Telegraph Book of Contemporary Short Stories. It has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

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Publication date

4th August 2016


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Penguin Books Ltd


240 pages


NewGen - YA Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Personal & social issues: family issues (Children's / Teenage)



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