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Since, Am I Normal Yet? was published, I’ve had so many of you asking if you can make your own Spinster Club. And my answer is always ‘YES OF COURSE!’ In fact, that was what I hoped my books would inspire. So I’m delighted to introduce the Spinster Club Hub – providing you with everything you need to set up your own club.

Because you really can change the world by sitting around with your friends, eating cheesy snacks, and talking about the all the weirdness that you have to put up with by being a girl. In fact there’s a posh word for Spinster Clubs. They’re called ‘consciousness raising groups’ and historically a LOT of world-changing stuff has come out of them. You’ve got to know about a problem before you can solve it. You’ve got to name it, got to talk about it, got to accept that it’s there. And where better to do this than surrounded by friends you love, and sharing your stories somewhere you feel safe?

Talking and sharing leads to campaigning and protesting. So, please go nuts! Get the cheese in. Download the AMAZING Spinster Club resources here and go forth spinsters and start spinstering! And please, please, do tweet me/Instagram me all your Spinsterly movements. I cannot wait to see all the amazing stuff you do. 

How Hard Can Love Be? on the Underground!


on the London Underground this weekend? Look out for one of our bright pink
editions of How Hard Can Love Be? lovingly shared around London Underground
stations by the Books on the Underground team.

these wonderful book fairies at @BooksUndergrnd for clues on where the books
are being left, and let us know if you find one!

A Spinster Club (& cheesy snacks!!) Evening at Easons

Last night Holly’s How Hard Can Love Be? tour made its way
to Dublin for an amazing Spinster Club evening in Department 51 at Easons O’Connell Street, where a reading, spinster chat, arm knitting(!!) and cheesy snacks were all on the agenda!


(We love that it looks like Holly is belting out a tune down the mic!)


Look at that temple of Holly Bourne books AND cheesy snacks! 

Palentine’s Day – The Book Club


In the
true spirit of The Spinster Club, uber cool The Book Club in Shoreditch is
forgoing the traditional February the 14th Valentine’s celebrations
and hosting Palentine’s Day instead. That’s right PALENTINE’S DAY!

be friendship bracelet craft, a screening of ultimate BBF movie Romy and Michele’s Highs School
Reunion, sugary snacks, AND because the original Spinster Club was formed on
Valentine’s day – copies of the limited edition bright pink How Hard Can Love Be!

We’re so
excited we’re already dancing around like our teenage selves. JUST. LIKE. THIS.


Praise for How Hard Can Love Be?

Hello fellow Spinsters, Amy from Usborne here. I’ve stolen Holly’s blog today to do a little round-up of some of the amaazing reviews coming in for How Hard Can Love Be?, out now. Here are a few of our favourites:

“This is the second book in the new Holly Bourne Normal trilogy and is
COMPLETELY FANTASTIC. Not that I expected anything less after the
amazing after the stunning Am I Normal Yet?” – Guardian children’s book site teen reviewer

“Holly Bourne is one of the most talented YA writers of the moment and I cannot wait to read the next instalment to find out what happens to the Spinster Club. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!” – Lucy from Queen of Contemporary

“Emotive and thought provoking this searingly honest book deals with the biggest life lesson of all: nobody’s perfect.” – South Wales Evening Post, Book of the Week

“Holly Bourne has become a true feminist legend of YA!” – Emma from Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

“The second installment in [Holly’s] Normal series…and tells Amber’s story of first love, friendship and addiction.” – The Sunday Express, S Magazine

Read the first chapter of How Hard Can Love Be? at www.usborne.com/readHolly.