Shades of Scarlet

Former Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine, is one of our finest novelists for children and teenagers. Characteristically her stories reveal acute observations of family life coupled with humour and a sense of fairness and a belief that people generally try to do the right thing, even though they may not always make wise decisions.

In this episode, Anne talks to Nikki Gamble about her recent book Shades of Scarlet.

About Shades of Scarlet
When Mum gives her the notebook, Scarlet should be happy. It’s beautiful, with its shiny scarlet cover and its blank pages full of promise. But Scarlet is absolutely not in the mood for a peace offering.

Does Mum really think she can tear their family apart and expect Scarlet to be happy about it? And it’s Dad’s fault too. Why didn’t he fight to keep them all together? Now Scarlet has to start a new life, and none of it was her choice. Scarlet decides there’s only one thing she can write in the notebook.

The truth, about everything…