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Best of 2012 – Bryony Pearce

Bryony Pearce is our next lovely author to highlight some of what made 2012 a good year for her:

Best hospital staff – Macclesfield children’s ward. Maisie (age 6) was in hospital for a fortnight in May with Cryptosporidiosis and they put up with my ‘mummy hysterics’ for the whole time, even when I was convinced she had brain damage at 2am (when she was confusedly sleep talking) and made them test her on the spot.

Best agent – Juliet Mushens, who got me a book deal for The Weight of Souls, only one month after I approached her.

Best holiday spot – Fuerteventura, where I spent a wonderful week in August with my family. It’s a beautiful place and so friendly.

Best books – Tom Pollock’s The City’s Son, Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys, JR Ward’s Rapture (I’ve been waiting for that one), Laura Lam’s Pantomime

Best films – Avengers Assemble (I’m an enormous Joss Whedon fan so I also liked Cabin in the Woods this year), Dark Knight Rises (Although I was very disappointed by the Disney-fied ending), Skyfall (Best Bond ever), 21 Jump Street (I’ve already watched it four times), Rise of the Guardians (can’t wait for that to come out on DVD so I can buy it and watch it again), Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang (not a new film, but new to me. Loving Robert Downey Junior at the moment).

Best moments – Winning the Leeds Book Award for Angel’s Fury, being shortlisted for the Cheshire Schools Book Award (also for Angel’s Fury – winner announced next year), getting a book deal with Strange Chemistry, seeing my daughter get her eighth gymnastics badge, go snorkelling and play grade one standard in her violin, seeing my son start to read, swim with no armbands and love his preschool, find out that my sister in law has beaten her cancer

Can’t wait for 2013!

Amanda

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