Fire Colour One
Harper Collins, 2015
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Jenny Valentine moved every two years when she was growing up. She went to university in London, and then she worked as a teaching assistant (she says six year olds are the most hilarious people), as well as a jewellery maker and in an organic food shop. She always carries a notebook, and is always making notes about the people, places and things she sees - she says that now and again being a writer is a bit like being a spy!
Iris likes to light fires. Her estranged father is dying; all her mother can think about is getting hold of the inheritance, so moves them to be near him, which means Iris can no longer see her best friend. Iris begins to get to know the art dealing father who never wanted her, sits by his bedside in his final days and learns a lot about truth, lies, betrayal, how her parents met, and why it really ended. Fire Colour One is also the name of a painting by Yves Klein, but you will have to read the book to find out its significance.
Jenny studied English Literature at university, which almost put her off reading - but not quite!
Her first book, Finding Violet Park, won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize - and in 2015 she helped judge the prize.
She runs a health food shop in Wales, with her husband Alex.
Find out more at http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/cr-101671/jenny-valentine
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