Anna was born in London to an Irish mother and Sri Lankan father. She later
studied to be an English teacher and taught in two secondary schools in London before
running a unit for excluded teenage boys. She gained an MA in Writing for Children at Winchester University and has published six books, including the critically acclaimed Guantanamo Boy, which was translated into more than a dozen languages and shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, Branford Boase and nominated for the Carnegie Medal and numerous other awards. The book was also adapted into a play and performed in London and regional theatres. The Glass Collector, her second novel, was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
Guantanamo Boy: Khalid, a fifteen-year-old Muslim boy from Rochdale, is abducted from Pakistan while on holiday with his family. He is taken to Guantanamo Bay and held without charge, where his hopes and dreams are crushed under the cruellest of circumstances. An innocent denied his freedom at a time when Western boys are finding theirs, Khalid tries and fails to understand what’s happening to him and cannot fail to be a changed young man.
The Glass Collector: Fifteen-year-old Aaron lives amongst the rubbish piles in the slums of Cairo. His job? To collect broken glass. His life? Wasted. His hope? To find a future he can believe in.