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  • Flour Babies | Anne Fine

    Flour Babies

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
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    When the annual school science fair comes round, Mr Cartright's class don't get to work on the Soap Factory, the Maggot Farm or the Exploding Custard Tins. To their intense disgust they get the Flour Babies - sweet little six-pound bags of flour that must be cared for at all times. Young Simon Martin approaches the task with little enthusiasm. But, as the days pass, he not only grows fond of his flour baby, he also comes to learn more than he ever could have imagined about the pressures and strains of being a parent.

  • Bill's New Frock & The Country Pancake | Anne Fine

    Bill's New Frock & The Country Pancake

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Tony Robinson
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    Bill's New Frock
    One Monday morning, Bill Simpson wakes up to find he is a girl! Forced off to school in a frilly pink dress, Bill discovers one of the worst, most baffling days of his life is about to begin....The Country Pancake The children of Wallisdean Park School can't believe their luck when the angelic Miss Mirabelle arrives. In order to save her from the fearsome Mrs Spicer, Lance comes up with the most original fund-raising idea ever....

  • The Jamie and Angus Stories | Anne Fine

    The Jamie and Angus Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Anne Fine
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    From the moment Jamie sets eyes on Angus in the shop window, he just knows that they belong together. On Christmas morning, they're finally united, and soon the toy Highland bull is Jamie's constant companion.

  • Blood Family | Anne Fine

    Blood Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
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    Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about him.

  • Jamie and Angus Forever | Anne Fine

    Jamie and Angus Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
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    'I'm lucky to have such a good friend in Angus,' said Jamie. 'I think we probably might be best friends for ever.' Like all best friends, Jamie and Angus share everything, even their birthday, in this third collection of entertaining and enchanting stories by former Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine.

  • Jamie and Angus Together | Anne Fine

    Jamie and Angus Together

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Anne Fine
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    Once best friends, always best friends. That's the way it is with Angus and Jamie. Join them as they tackle a lively playmate, get muddled in a pretend game, and discover that playing isn't fun unless they are doing it together. More charming stories about a little boy and his toy Highland bull, from former Children's Laureate Anne Fine.

  • Jennifer's Diary & The Worst Child I Ever Had | Anne Fine

    Jennifer's Diary & The Worst Child I Ever Had

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Sophie Ward
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    Jennifer has a diary. Lolanthe doesn't. She has zillions of ideas for stories. But what she wants is - Jennifer's diary. In 'The Worst Child I Ever Had', find out just what Susan did that was so terrible. And what did it have to do with snails?

  • Anneli the Art Hater | Anne Fine

    Anneli the Art Hater

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Julia McKenzie
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    Anneli hated painting. She hated anything to do with art. She loathed messing with clay and smudging with pastels.But when she finds that her attic connects with the house next door she is in for a surprise. The old lady who lives there has paintings all over the place! And one of them is hiding a secret. All of a sudden Anneli finds that some paintings can be very interesting indeed....

  • Charm School | Anne Fine

    Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    This is a fast and funny look at the pressures facing young girls to conform to fashion - and how they can be avoided - told in a gripping witty style from award winning author Anne Fine.

  • Crummy Mummy and Me | Anne Fine

    Crummy Mummy and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Brenda Blethyn
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    How would you feel if your mother had royal-blue hair and wore lavender fishnet tights? But Minna's whole family (including her mum's punk boyfriend, Crusher Maggot) is a bit unusual. Being the only sensible one is not easy for Minna...

  • Loudmouth Louis | Anne Fine

    Loudmouth Louis

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    'You? Loudmouth Louis Todd? Stay quiet for even one hour?' Everyone knows Louis is a chatterbox. He can't stay quiet for even a minute. So no one believes him when he says he's going to do a sponsored silence. They don't think he can possibly do it. Not his teacher, nor his school chums and certainly not the dinner ladies: they bet five million pounds each. But Louis thinks just for once he might be able to keep his mouth shut all day! Will he manage it?

  • How to Write Really Badly | Anne Fine

    How to Write Really Badly

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
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    When Chester Howard starts at his new school, Miss Tate sits him next to Joe, the writer from hell. Chester refuses to believe that Joe has learning difficulties and persuades him to change his project from how to write neatly to how to write badly.

  • A Pack of Liars | Anne Fine

    A Pack of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Brigit Forsyth
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    Calling herself Lady Melody Estelle Priscilla Hermione Irwin, Laura weaves a fantastic tissue of lies about herself to her dull penpal. But she soon finds she's not the only one capable of deception.

  • Notso Hotso | Anne Fine

    Notso Hotso

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Stephen Tompkinson
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    Anthony the dog has a skin problem. The vet tells him that he must have all his fur shaved off apart from his head and tail! He knows that he'll be laughed at, but instead everyone thinks he's a lion and they treat him with respect.

  • The Granny Project | Anne Fine

    The Granny Project

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Blackmail - or negotiation? Mum and Dad reckon things would be better if Granny were in a Home. The kids all want her to stay. Ivan's Granny Project should make his parents think again. But there's more than one way of doing a project - and blackmail can work two ways.... A savagely funny tale from multi-award-winning author Anne Fine.

  • The Diary of a Killer Cat | Anne Fine

    The Diary of a Killer Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Jack Dee
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    Anne Fine's classic story about Tuffy the murderous cat, fabulously narrated by iconic comedian Jack DeePoor Ellie is horrified when Tuffy drags a dead bird into the house.

  • The Tulip Touch | Anne Fine

    The Tulip Touch

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Rula Lenska
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    Nobody wants Tulip in their gang. She skips school, gives her teachers cheek, and makes herself unpopular by telling lies. But this doesn't matter to Natalie.

  • Goggle Eyes | Anne Fine

    Goggle Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Jane Asher
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    Helly Johnston is miserable. Her mother is thinking of marrying again but Helly doesn’t want a stepfather, certainly not this one. She sobs her way out of the classroom all the way down to the cloakroom and the depths of despondency. There, forceful Kitty Killin comes to the rescue. Kitty’s not known for sensitivity or tact but she’s been through it all herself - her mother married the silver-haired, chocolate-bearing, goggle-eyed Gerald.

  • Round Behind the Ice House | Anne Fine

    Round Behind the Ice House

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Cass has always been there for Tom, her twin - racing off to laugh with him in the old, abandoned ice house or planning how to foil Jamieson, the farm's creepy pest-killer. But now Cass is a teenager, she is changing - she wants her privacy and feels suffocated by their life on the farm. Bewildered, Tom struggles to regain their former closeness, but only succeeds in alienating both Cass and Jamieson's daughter Lisa. Until the night of the storm...

  • Trouble in Toadpool | Anne Fine

    Trouble in Toadpool

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anne Fine
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
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    Aunt Susan - an unstoppable force, and possibly the bossiest woman alive - is on the phone, and that's never good. She's insisting that Harry and his family help her at a local event she's promised to organise: the Great Toadpool Show. It means swinging from a trapeze. Walking on stilts. Riding a unicycle.... And that's not counting the fortune-telling tent, the tombola, or the choir sing-along. Unfortunately, Harry and his family can't really do any of those things. Aunt Susan has no idea of the mayhem she's about to unleash.

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