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Shirley Marr

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Shirley Marr is an Australian author of contemporary Young Adult fiction who specialises in “writing about and for Little Lady Macbeths”. She arrived on the scene in 2010 when her manuscript was plucked out of a slush pile and published by Black Dog Books (now an imprint of Walker Books). The resulting novel, Fury, is a dark and funny murder story narrated by a petulant sixteen-year-old mean girl and has been described as “like Heathers as directed by Sofia Coppola” and developed a cult following.

Her difficult second novel, Preloved, was published in 2012 and is a paranormal love story for girls who don’t like paranormal love stories. It marks a departure from her dark roots and showcases the “B Side” of Shirley – which is closer to her own

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Average rating: 3.65 · 1,577 ratings · 317 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors

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“I swapped my heart for a bargaining chip a long time ago. And here I am turning it over and over again in my hand, not sure what to trade it in for.”
Shirley Marr, Fury

“I walked up to the window, raised my palm and pressed it against the pane. It left a bloodied handprint. Through the red shape—my red flag, my riot sign—I could see Neil staring at me.”
Shirley Marr, Fury

“So it is just you and your friends then.”

“Yes. Is that so hard to believe?” Is it because we’re girls? I want to say. You think a bunch of girls are not capable of something like this?
Shirley Marr, Fury

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“There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different.”
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

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message 185: by Amber

Amber I was reading a blog about Wedding vendor scams and guess what I saw!

I hope you're doing well! <3

message 184: by Carolyn

Carolyn Crane Hey Shirley! Thanks so much for friends invite and the kind words on the buttons. It was a fun way to blow off steam, and if it helps even just one person help see the craziness of that behavior, then I'm happy. All my best on your books!

message 183: by Miriam

Miriam Thanks for the friend request, Shirley. Your comment threads are highly entertaining!

Eyehavenofilter Thanks for adding me as a friend it looks like I have more great reading ahead!

Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri} Wow, thank you for the friendvite! I can't wait to read your books and nice answer :)

message 180: by Sally

Sally The pleasure, Miss Marr, is all mine! :D

message 179: by Reynje

Reynje ::SQUISHY HUG::

message 178: by jo

jo mo look, what i found (reminded me of your photos ala alice in wonderland):

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KJ Shadows thank you for the friend add :) hope to have many convo's about books with you in the future! hehe

message 176: by Ariana

Ariana Shirley wrote: "Did I mention The Book Thief?"

Oh my, I am pretty sure that you didn't, but feel free to mention it anytime, LOL!

message 175: by Ariana

Ariana Thank you for your kind words, they mean so much to me :)
I've been meaning to read 'The Book Thief' and you gave me one more reason to do so. Also I can't wait to read 'Fury' (maybe I'll start with it).
Thanks as well for the friendship and happy writing! ;)

message 174: by Wendy

Wendy I'm next in line for the Preloved blog tour! :) Can't wait

message 173: by Janina

Janina Shirley, look what I spotted out there in the wild! It has been out a while, but was still labeled new ;).

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message 172: by Sarah

Sarah "Shirley Marr accepted your friendship!"

Whoohoo! :)

message 171: by Jess

Jess Thanks for the add, Shirley!! :) I think it's awesome that you're an author but you review so many YA Aussie books, and chat with us Aussies too :D

message 170: by Max

Max I prefer the term 'a-random-unicorn-and-chocolate-obsessed-bookworm', but thanks! ^_^ Just call me Max, since you seem like a nice person, and I like being friends with nice people. Well, who doesn't?

And I'm totally jealous of that fact that you're an Aussie. Not only do you have cool accents, you get other books that the rest of the blogging world are dying to have easily. I got lucky with Fury, since my friend happened to have a copy <.O

message 169: by Ten

Ten sure thing, thank you for accepting! :) hoping to read your books asap :D <3

message 168: by Blue

Blue I'm so happy that you accepted! It seemed like only something I could hope for, haha!

Your package was something I eagerly awaited, and it's still prettier than I imagined. You've got such a cute handwriting! And in pink too! Thank you! :)

message 167: by Crystal

Crystal Aw thanks for accepting! =D

message 166: by Catie

Catie OMG, Shirley what IS that chocolate bar you sent me? Jellies, m&m's, and...POP ROCKS?!!!!! You Aussies are MAD with your chocolate. I loved it! My little girls kept elbowing each other out of the way to steal bites.

message 165: by Catie

Catie Shirley! Thank you so much for the lovely note and the CHOCOLATE. The bilbies are sooooo precious! I won't be able to eat them (for at least a few days)! Your upcoming project sounds really interesting - I love stories that go a bit dark! Can't wait!

message 164: by Lissa

Lissa Well I haven't read Fury yet, but Preloved sounded more like my kind of thing, so that's why I chose that one.

message 163: by Lissa

Lissa I ordered Preloved from my local Dymocks today! *flail*

message 162: by Taneika

Taneika So I'm a bit silly and am going through old copies of the West for an assignment, I JUST saw the review for Preloved and I got a bit overexcited so I made a blog post about it haha! Just thought I'd let you know :)

message 161: by Sonya (last edited May 03, 2012 08:58PM)

Sonya Hi, Shirley! Thanks for the sweet message. ;-) How are you recently? Are you enjoying Miles from Ordinary? Have a lovely day and happy reading! :-D

message 160: by Tina

Tina Hi Shirley! Yay indeed for our new friendship! :)

message 159: by Laura

Laura Sigh. I know. It must be a character flaw or something. I also have issues with fictional books related to the Holocaust. Which is silly, but it is what it is.

message 158: by Laura

Laura Hi Shirley! Thanks for friending! I've seen you around quite a bit! And I would totally love to read your books (I'm not just saying that, I check
Amazon for them once a week), but I can't seem to get them where I live. I will somehow get them eventually, though!

Katherine Thanks for accepting my request! I'm sure The Book Thief will grow on me :)

message 156: by Zoë

Zoë Thank you Shirley for accepting my friend request <3

message 155: by Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) (last edited Apr 18, 2012 01:56PM)

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) My felicitations on your continued, brilliant existence, on this, the day of your birth!

Or in other words - have a great birthday. I hope it is filled with tea and delicious treats!

message 154: by Ginny

Ginny Happy Happy Birthday you awesome lady! Have lots of fabulous tea today!

message 153: by Jo

Jo Happy Birthday gorgeous girl!

Have a wonderful, wonderful day :D


message 152: by Bonnie

Bonnie Happy Birthday Miss Shirley! I hope you have a super fantastic day. :D

message 151: by Jasprit

Jasprit Shirley happy birthday! Hope you have a rocking day with loads of tunes from the 80's and cupcakes of course!!! :D xx

message 150: by Reynje (last edited Apr 18, 2012 02:56AM)

Reynje Dear lovely Shirley, I hope you've had a fabulous day :) Here's a kitten just for you:



message 149: by Sonya

Sonya Happy Birthday, Shirley! :-D

message 148: by Michelle

Michelle Happy Birthday to you Shirley :) Hope you had a wonderful day!

Ps. I went into a book store today and saw Preloved between Saving Francesca and Tomorrow When The War Began :D

message 147: by Chachic

Chachic Happy Happy Birthday, Shirley! Hope you're having a lovely book-filled day. :)

message 146: by Rose

Rose Happy Birthday Shirley! <3

message 145: by Jenna

Jenna Happy Birthday Shirley! Hope you have a super fantastic awesome day. xxx

Emily May Happy birthday Shirley! :)

message 143: by Emily

Emily It's your birthday?! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVELY! I hope your day is as fabulous as you are :) xx

message 142: by Skittles

Skittles Happy Birthday Shirley! I hope you have a lovely day xoxo Skyla

message 141: by Mands

Mands Happy Birthday, Shirley-Whirly! I hope Bellatrix bought you a great present xox

message 140: by Shirley

Shirley Marr That's so sweet Renee :)

And same here, in fact it's probably time for a Labyrinth rewatch!


message 139: by Renee

Renee Oh, thank you for accepting! I literally just finished Preloved and I absolutely adored it :)

P.S I almost died when Logan quoted Labyrinth! I used to watch that movie over and over when I was a kid haha :) x

message 138: by Reynje

Reynje I'll be heading to the beach tonight.. care to join me? *wink*

message 137: by Jessy

Jessy That's ok! I'm always up for showing some love to fellow Australian's! :D <3

message 136: by Lux

Lux Hi Shirley! I’m glad that review made you laugh, I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate!

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