When a primary school teacher told Amy Turner her creative writing was neat but not very interesting, she took the critique seriously, vowing never to write about watching Neighbours or lining up for the bus home again.
These days she writes about space hopping and Dolly Parton, vowing to keep her desk as tidy as her Year 5 exercise book. Despite her best intentions, it rarely is.
Having previously written food and pregnancy blogs, Amy began her debut novel in the too-short hours when her small children were sleeping and her husband was obsessing with box sets. Thank goodness for Calpol and Netflix.
Rubber is a contemporary YA novel about sibling rivalry, space hopping and romance. And yes, there’s a bit of Dolly in there too.
Agent: Hannah Sheppard