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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: chivers (1989)
  • ASIN: B002KD7L48
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,675,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Fine leads a double life as an author. Of her eight novels for adult readers, she describes seven as black comedies and the first, The Killjoy, as simply 'dead black'. These adult novels cause readers to squirm with mingled horror and delight as she peels away the layers in all too familiar family relationships, exposing the tangled threads and conflicts beneath. It's therefore perhaps not surprising that Anne has openly expressed astonishment at the fact that murder in the domestic setting is not more common.
A great favourite for discussions in reading groups, Anne Fine's work has been published in over forty-five languages. Despite this, she remains best known in her home country, Britain, as a writer principally for children. She has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Prize and numerous other prizes and awards. She was the second Children's Laureate from 2001-3, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature.
Anne Fine is an entertaining and engaging speaker on the subject of books and reading, and is in demand the world over for her tireless enthusiasm, common sense approach to literacy, and for the deliciously wicked humour that permeates all her writing.
Find out more about Anne's dual lives at www.annefine.co.uk

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
Kitty Killin is not only the worlds greateststory teller when it comes to unwanted boyfriends. That's why she is sent to the dark privacy of the lost property cupboardto talk to her about her problems. She tells the story of her mum and her mums unwanted boyfriend. She give him the worst time of his life so that he breaks up with her mum. i think was a great book and recommend it to others of the age 8-11.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Late Reader on 14 July 2009
Format: Paperback
The book opens with a dramatic scene. A girl charges into a classroom tears streaming down her face. She is uncharacteristically rude to her teacher and then emotionally runs out of her classroom. The main protagonist Kitty is sent after her and not knowing why she is chosen she reluctant follows the other girl to the locker room. Its from there that the scene is set for Kitty to tell her story to her upset classmate. It transpires that the other girl Helly, has a divorced mother with a new man in her life that she hates. Kitty then realizes why she was chosen and then proceeds to tell her story of " Goggle Eyes". The novel is a funny subtle exploration of the pain of adjusting to divorce and then having the new balance of mother and children upset with a new and possibly permanent man in the family. It is about the gradual maturity of the main character learning to live with and reluctantly like a man who is the exact opposite of her, temperamentally, politically and in many other ways and realizing that such a situation can work.

It is a charming, sometimes hilarious story with well developed characters and some political content as well. Can be enjoyed by adults as well as teenagers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2000
Format: Paperback
A extrordinary book about Kitty who hates her mothers boyfriend. Everyone seems to like him but her. Why doesn't Kitty like him? She makes life as difficult as possible for him but he will not leave. Very funny! I liked this book as it was funny and an easy read. I have read this book before but I could read it again and again.
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Format: Paperback
Considering 'Goggle-Eyes' is a children's book, I found it to be a lot more adult than I was expecting. The main character/narrator, Kitty, has a very reflective attitude which I'm not sure many children of that age actually have, and her views on environmentalism and social issues seemed really mature and developed. Speaking of that, I actually learned quite a lot about the CND from this book.

One thing I particularly liked was the fact that Gerald isn't portrayed as the stereotypical 'evil' stepdad, as is so often the case in children's fiction. He is shown as a complex, well-rounded character, which is backed up by Kitty's changing attitude towards him throughout the story.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a fantastic book with a fanatic plot leaving you in suspence, wondering what will happen to Goggle-eyes and if kitty will ever like Gerald Falkner. The informal langage (slang) is funny as it makes you feel more in the book. The way Anne Fine describes Gerald Falkner ,and his persistance towards nuclear power lets you in to the heart of the book. I would recomend this book for 10 to 12 year old's
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
I would reccomend this book to 10 year olds or above, she uses slang and uses charecters of our age(10/11)making it easy to relate to. It is based on an 11 year old girl whose parents have split up and the father is out of the picture but after numerous boyfriends her mum meets gerald faulkner , the most discusting, most annoying man she's ever met, in her opinion. he tries to bribe them with sweets and is conatantly having arguements about nuclear power( which kitty's mum is totally against, gerald is totally for.) Eventually after a long night of protesting at the nuclear power plant kitty's mum gets back in a police car in a terrible state. she's really stressed and ends up chucking him out...
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I am 45, and I have not been through a divorce in any shape or form, but I enjoyed this book as a good story. A familiar tale of not wanting to change the status quo then finding out the new can be good too. My only criticism is that I couldn't quite see why the mum enjoyed having Goggle Eyes around so much. But then the girls don't either!
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By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
i recommend this book to 11yr olds because it is very funny and it explains the problems and worries of an 11yr old.although most other children would enjoy this for its humour implisit deatail.an enjoyable book for all girls and boys.
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