The award winning and worldwide bestselling author Cecelia Ahern came to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls yesterday, to launch her new novel for Young Adults, Perfect. The visit was arranged by our Librarian, Mrs Hodgson who also conducted the interview.
The novel, the sequel to the hugely popular Flawed, concludes the story of Celestine North, a 17 year old, in hiding and on the run from the Guild, a court set up to rid the world of Flaws. Her perfect life is ruined by the Guild when she herself is found Flawed and through the process she is forced to question everything about her life and the society she lives in.
It was fascinating to hear Cecelia’s inspiration for the story and her conviction that everyone should be allowed to make mistakes so that they can learn and grow. She said “None of us are perfect. Let us not pretend that we are, or be afraid that we’re not”.
Cecelia revealed that the secret to her success lies in the fact that she always burns a Jo Malone candle when she writes. She keeps office hours and handwrites everything in Bic biro! A born story teller, Cecelia’s first (unpublished) novel was written at exactly the age of her audience, 14 years old, and was called Beans on Toast and a Bottle of Beer! She advised the pupils to find something that they really loved to do and make that their work so that, like her, they could lead a life that they loved.
The pupils themselves were delighted to be able to meet such a successful author. “It was really inspiring” said one girl, “I can’t wait get home and start reading”.