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Tributes Pour in for Author Louise Rennison

1st March 2016

Patrick Ness, Holly Smale and John Green are among the authors expressing their dismay at the passing of Louise Rennison, whose death in her sixties has been announced by her publisher Harper Collins.

Louise was best known for her series of books, 'The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson', written in a diary style in the voice of a 14-year-old girl. Some of the episodes in the books were based on her own childhood in Leeds, where she grew up in a three-bedroomed council house with her mum, dad, grandparents and extended family. The first and second books in the series, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It’s Ok, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers, were made into a film starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson in 2008.

Harper Collins said: "Nobody wrote for teenagers like she did, she understood them, their lives and their extraordinary and powerful friendships. In life, as in her writing, she brought joy and laughter."

Rennison was named Queen of Teen in 2008 and won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2010 in the 7-14 category for Withering Tights, which was part of The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey series. Her most recent book The Taming of the Tights, was published in 2013.

Patrick Ness said he was: "Shocked at the death of Louise Rennison. Kids just laugh and laugh and laugh at her books, which is the best sort of miracle. RIP."

Holly Smale author of Geek Girl tweeted. "So, so sad to hear about Louise Rennison. Such a wonderful, talented and funny writer. Love to her family."

Fellow authors Jenny Colgan, John Green, Phil Earle and Holly Bourne have all expressed their sadness at the news.

 

 

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