Mary Hooper visited the School on 8th November to speak to all the girls in Year 8 about how she writes a book. Mary is a prolific and very popular author. She has written contemporary and historical fiction for children and young adults, but her love is history. Her talk included many of her novels, focusing on her Tudor fiction since this is a period of history that Year 8 is looking at this year. Her illustrated talk took the girls on a fascinating literary journey, from the initial idea for a novel to editing the final copy. Along the way Mary revealed some remarkable pieces of history – from bills of mortality to photographs of a Victorian steam laundry. Her talk was both informative and an inspiration for all budding novelists; offering an insight into many and varied aspects of British history. The girls responded with lots of questions and by scurrying at is conclusion to buy her books, clearly inspired to read and enjoy more. Mary’s latest book is called Velvet and is about an orphan of the same name as the novel who is a laundress in a Victorian steam laundry. It is billed as a ‘romantic and thrillingly exciting new novel’ (NielsenBookdataOnline) – one for the library, I think!