Ann Fine feels out of touch with today’s children:
When asked how children’s books had changed over her long career, Fine told the Telegraph she was beginning to realise the difficulties of writing for a new generation.
“I suspect, and this is only personal intuition, that a lot of writers who are beyond 30 or 40 now are not so into the social media, instant contact world children live in now,” she said.
“If I ask myself what childhood is like, ten or 12 years ago I could do it. I could still carry on understanding children who were reflective, know how they consider their own conscience, how they relate to their parents.
“A lot of authors have lost confidence to understand what it’s like to be reared now. I’m finding it quite hard to write for the generation that I don’t really understand.”