Anne Fine is a British writer who was born on 7 December 1947 in Leicester, England. She graduated in Politics and History from the University of Warwick. Upon graduation, she taught in a girls' secondary school for a year then became an Information Officer for Oxfam. She has lived in America and Edinburgh in the UK before finally settling down in Durham, UK.
She began writing in 1971 and is best known for her children's books of which she has written more than 50. One of her books was made into a movie as ‘Mrs Doubtfire’. She also writes for adults and for older children.
She has won numerous awards for various titles, among which are the1990 Carnegie Medal, the 1990 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize,the 1990 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, the 1991 British Book Awards - Children's Author of the Year, the 1996 Whitbread Children's Book Award.
She was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2003.