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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

I am proud to announce the new arrival in my life – a big bouncing baby boy (4.03kg!) called William! As I will be devoting my time looking after him, another novel in the foreseeable future might be a while coming as I start this new chapter of my life :-)

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Average rating: 3.63 · 1,214 ratings · 288 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 847 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2010
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It's a rare occurrence nowadays when I actually review a book I just finished reading. Usually it takes me a few days weeks to write one, but since this is up for discussion for our book club this weekend, I thought I..." Read more of this review »
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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
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I can never get enough of reading stories about two characters who are complete opposites falling for one another. I think that’s what drew me to Pushing the Limits in the first place. Noah the guy at school with the reputation of a stone..." Read more of this review »
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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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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
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message 199: 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 198: by Kara

Kara Hi Shirley :) I can't wait to talk books!!

message 197: 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 196: by Elena

Elena Hi, Shirley! I'm so glad I found you too. I think you're delightful! :)

message 195: 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 192: by Sally

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

message 191: by Reynje

Reynje ::SQUISHY HUG::

message 190: 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 188: 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 187: 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 186: by Wendy

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

message 185: 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 184: by Sarah

Sarah "Shirley Marr accepted your friendship!"

Whoohoo! :)

message 183: 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 182: 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 181: by Ten

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

message 180: 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 179: by Crystal

Crystal Aw thanks for accepting! =D

message 178: 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 177: 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 176: 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 175: by Lissa

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

Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...) 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 173: by Sonia (last edited May 03, 2012 08:58PM)

Sonia 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 172: by Tina

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

message 171: 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 170: 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 168: by Zoë

Zoë Thank you Shirley for accepting my friend request <3

message 167: 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 166: by Ginny

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

message 165: by Jo

Jo Happy Birthday gorgeous girl!

Have a wonderful, wonderful day :D


message 164: by Bonnie

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

message 163: 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 162: 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 161: by Trinity

Trinity Happy birthday my wonderful friend! Hope you've had a completely brilliant day! Xx

message 160: by Sonia

Sonia Happy Birthday, Shirley! :-D

message 159: by Maree

Maree 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 158: by Chachic

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

message 157: by Rose

Rose Happy Birthday Shirley! <3

message 156: by Belle

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

Emily May Happy birthday Shirley! :)

message 154: by Emily

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

message 153: by Skyla

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

message 152: by Mands

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

message 151: by Shirley

Shirley Marr That's so sweet Renee :)

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


message 150: 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

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