Anne Fine is a British author best known for her children's books, of which she has written 46 at the last count (December 2002). She also writes for adults (5 books to date). She was appointed the second Children's Laureate in May 2001, in succession to Quentin Blake, and will hold that position for two years until May 2003. She was born in Leicester, England, on 7th December 1947 and currently lives in County Durham, England.
Her books for older children include the award winning The Tulip Touch and Goggle-Eyes, which was adapted for television by the BBC. Twentieth Century Fox filmed her novel Madame Doubtfire as Mrs Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams. Her books for younger children include Bill's New Frock and How to Write Really Badly. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages.