Winning Year: 1991
Author: Berlie Doherty
Title: Dear Nobody

Original Publisher: H Hamilton
Current Publisher: Puffin
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141311760
In Print

Dear Nobody is a moving and very real story of two teenagers in Sheffield and an unplanned pregnancy. It is told from two viewpoints - that of Helen as she writes her thoughts in a series of letters to the unborn baby, the Dear Nobody of the title, and of Chris as he reads the letters and re-lives events while Helen is in labour.



Berlie Doherty was brought up in Liverpool. It was not a bookish household, but her father, a railwayman, was an avid writer. His poetry was published in the local newspaper and he encouraged Berlie to write for the children's page of the Liverpool Echo. Berlie carried a notebook around with her and was a keen reader. When her local librarian introduced her to Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome it was as if a door to a new world had been opened.

She was a singer for a short while and then in 1983, after two years teaching in a large city comprehensive and another two working for schools radio, Berlie decided to become a full-time writer. It was a risk; her marriage had ended and she had three children to bring up alone in Sheffield. But the risk paid off; Berlie has enjoyed a hugely successful career, writing in a variety of forms and for a wide range of audiences. To date, she has written more than 35 books for children, two adult novels, several plays for theatre and radio and three TV series.




This is a book about a boy and a girl, their families, their future plans and an unplanned pregnancy. Often in stories about teenage pregnancy only the girl's point of view is told but this story gives the boy's story and feelings equal importance.

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