Holly is the author of multiple YA novels to date, as well as two adult novels. Her accolades know no bounds, but she was named by Elle Magazine’s weekly podcast as one of “Six Female Authors Changing the Conversation in 2019”, and is known for her YA novels about mental health.
The Places I’ve Cried in Public features Amelie…
It looked like love.
It felt like love.
But this isn’t a love story.
Amelie fell hard for Reese. And she thought he loved her too. But she’s starting to realise that real love isn’t supposed to hurt like this.
So now she’s retracing their story, revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn how to get over him.
Holly has received wide praise ahead of publication:
“A powerful, vital gut-punch” Laura Bates
“Holly Bourne is something special, she’s got it.” Patrick Ness
“Smart, funny, honest” The Independent
“The Book every young woman needs on her bookshelf” Red Magazine
“Bourne is intensely readable and writes with compassion, insight and humour” The Observer
Holly has sold over 300,000 copies of her YA books to date, has won and been nominated for 14 awards, and has been translated into 16 languages. She was Author of the Day at the London Book Fair 2019.
Holly’s previous YA novel, Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes has been optioned for TV by Duck Soup Films.
Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.
Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She’s helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink’s mental health book club.