Winning Year: 1986
Author: Berlie Doherty
Title: Granny was a Buffer Girl

Original Publisher: Methuen
Current Publisher: Catnip
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0141318058
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It`s hard for Jess to imagine what it will be like to leave home, separated from her family and friends and the place she has always known. Before she goes Jess wants to share all the family secrets.

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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.