Holly is the internationally bestselling, award-winning author of the teen series, Geek Girl. The kind of geeky child who collected rocks, woodlice and dinosaur posters, she became the kind of geeky adult who graduates from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare and Feminism. Then she spent a number of years floating around the world with no shoes on and flowers in her hair, working as a cleaner, a courgette packer, a PR, a model and a teacher of English plays to Japanese three-year-olds. Finally, she returned to her first love: books.
Geek Girl was written in Japan. It became the #1 bestselling YA title in the UK in 2013. The current series of five books has since been translated into 28 languages and has sold nearly a million copies. It was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Branford Boase Award and Queen of Teen, and won the teen category of the Waterstone’s Book Prize and Leeds Book Prize.
Holly continues, in her spare time, to wear no shoes, wander the world and look for interesting rocks she can name and sticker. She also still likes dinosaurs very much, especially the diplodocus. Find Holly on Twitter @holsmale and on Instagram @holsmale.
Geek Girl (sequels Model Misfit, Picture Perfect, All That Glitters, All Wrapped Up, Geek Drama, Head Over Heels): “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.” Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. But shedoesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her. So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her best friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves. Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did. As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?