DEAR NOBODY by Berlie Doherty, winner of the Carnegie Medal, is the moving story of two teenagers and an unplanned pregnancy. It is one. Click here to buy Dear Nobody from Wordery. Also published as an ebook, which is available from Amazon, Apple, Google and all usual. Berlie Doherty is an English novelist, playwright, children’s author and poet. Writer of Street Child and Dear Nobody. Details: Article/page.
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Once she and I were the most important people in our world. I set myself quite a challenge in writing Dear Nobody. It is about a human dilemma.
In the story, when Helen finds out that she has become pregnant, she feels she has no one to turn to. She feels utterly alone, and gives voice to the fear inside herself by writing letters to her unborn child, who at that stage she calls Nobody.
Chris finds he is to become a father long before he is ready for it. And then they have to face their families. Everything we do affects somebody else, often in a surprising way. dohrety
Dear Nobody is not just about the journey that Helen and Chris make away from their childhood, but about the journey they make towards knowing their own parents properly. I talked to lots of young people in schools when I wrote the novel. But I did want to know how people feel about love and friendship, relationships with parents, responsibility and loyalty, also about the bigger issues of teenage pregnancy, teen marriage, abortion and single parenting.
Since I wrote the novel it has gone into many different languages all around the world, berlid into several different forms plays for the theatre, radio and television, playscripts for schools. I think maybe the reason why it has had such wide appeal is because the subject that it deals with — love, dea all its complications, is something that affects us all in one way and another, and that really matters to us.
I knew that in Dear Nobody I was handling a difficult situation.
Chris writes the story, and through it explores not only his own emotions but also those of their two families. Why did I choose to write it in this way?
I want it to work for boys as well as for girls, because they are an equal part of the equation when it comes to making a baby. I wanted to imagine the sort of emotional upheaval that a situation like this might make in the life of a beerlie man still at school. It is Helen who is pregnant.
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How was I going to explore the emotional and physical turmoil that she was going through? Who would she turn to? Then I had the idea of having her pour out all her feelings of fear and loneliness and wonder in a berlke of letters to her unborn child.
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Berlie Doherty – Dear Nobody