She studied politics and history at the University of Warwick. She married a philosopher and had two daughters. One day Anne and her young daughter could not get to the library. She decided to write a children’s book. Her first book was called The Summer House Loon. It was published in 1978.
Anne Fine went on to write many books for adults, young adults, and children. Among her books for younger readers is the popular Killer Cat series. The series follows the adventures of Tuffy, a killer cat, and his owner, Ellie. Another of her children’s books is Bill’s New Frock (1989), about a boy who is forced to wear a dress to school. He learns how things are different for girls.
One of Anne Fine’s most popular young adult books is Madame Doubtfire (1987). In it, a divorced father disguises himself as a female housekeeper in order to spend more time with his children. The book was made into a film, Mrs. Doubtfire, in 1993. Anne Fine has received many awards, including the Whitbread Award and the Carnegie Medal. She received an Order of the British Empire (OBE), a high British honour, in 2003. That year she also was elected to the Royal Society of Literature.