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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


Actually, that’s not a bad name for a very long and arduous novel where the heroine has long monologues about her feels and there is lots of describing the weather going on. In reality, it has been that long since I have written a single word, but I snuck out into a patch of winter sunshine and caught up with Lady Writer Cristy Burnefor a sugar, carb & paper fix. Wrote some notes. It migh...

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Average rating: 3.65 · 1,377 ratings · 300 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 944 ratings — published 2010 — 5 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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“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.”
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Albert Camus

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message 1: by Nic

Nic Hi Shirley :)

Shirley Marr Hi Nic! Nice to see you on goodreads :)

Sangr1a Thanks for your friendship, Shirley! :D

Wendy Darling Thanks so much for your friendvite, Shirley. Funnily enough, I've been dying to read Fury thanks to some of my enthusiastic GoodReads friends, and even have a touring copy on its way to me soon! I look forward to staying in touch with you here. But I am curious what led to your being thrown out of a bookstore...

Shirley Marr "Friendvite" - I love it Wendy! Must use newly acquired word. I hope Fury is nice to you when she arrives:) Hopefully we end up reading the same books so we can compare reviews and you can go "ugh! I can't believe you love that book! Such bad taste" As for the being-thrown-out-of-large-bookstore-chain-no-longer-in-existence, I've decided I'll write about it as my own review for Fury so watch that space:) xx

Wendy Darling Hm, cryptic! But it will make for an excellent review, I'm sure. ;)

message 7: by Romy

Romy Hey Shirley, thanks so much for the friend request! You've probably heard this before but I just loved your book it was fab, your also pretty fab as well I might add. I know this was ages ago but I actually saw you speak at the Melbourne Writers Festival last year and I just want to say that your talk was one of my favourites, so I hope you'll do one again!

Shirley Marr Hey Romy!! Aww really? I was so sucky at the MWF10. I was kinda jetlagged and had a cold and I remember flirting with James West (dammit!) Promise you I'll be more sparkly next time and please come up to me and give me a hug!

Reynje Hi Shirley, thank you so much for the friend request! I was going to send one, but I was too shy :)

I'm very excited to chat books with you (because that's what all the cool kids do, right?) Reynje

message 10: by Shirley

Shirley Marr Aww Reynje no need to be shy, you'll realise soon enough I'm just a dag :) But I look forward to chatting books (and at least over the interwebs you won't have to try and understand my Perth accent!)

message 11: by Reynje

Reynje Just quietly - I actually have a Queensland accent :) Occasionally a nice, long, drawly "pool" or "cool" slips out and all my Melbourne friends give me strange looks...

message 12: by Shirley

Shirley Marr Lol Reynje! Everyone on the whole east coast refers to "rounds of sandwiches" don't they? The first time I heard that I didn't understand what it meant, I thought maybe they were special circle sandwiches or something!

message 13: by Reynje

Reynje Lol.. Yes, round sandwiches to go with the banana bending!

message 14: by Lara

Lara Morgan oi, right back at ya, Perth girl! Representin... hilarious we sound so street and cool. Let's high five and stuff. *snort.white and nerdy.*

Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...) Thanks for approving! It's awesome to see a successful YA author from Perth! Jealous!!

message 16: by Trinity

Trinity Shirley YES, yes we should.
I've been trying to procure a copy of Fury for agess and I was going to read it and then become your fan/friend and tell you of your awesomeness BUT we can just skip ahead :D
I'm still gonna read your book though so don't worry ;)

message 17: by Jo

Jo Thanks for the add, Shirley.
Like I could say no to a lady who loves Ed!
I can't wait to chat books (also delicious baked treats) with you.

message 18: by Lora

Lora Thank you for the friend request, Shirley! I've seen you around a lot, as well, and I've read quite a few of your reviews.

I look forward to chatting with you and reading more of your reviews. :)

message 19: by Bonnie

Bonnie I believe that's a great idea, Shirley. :D

Thanks for the add, I look forward to talking to you more!

message 20: by Arlene

Arlene Thank you for the kind friend-vite. I look forward to chatting about books with you. :D

message 21: by Choco

Choco Hi Shirley! Thanks for the invite. I'm looking forward to chatting books with you!

message 22: by James

James Piper Thanks Shirley for accepting my friendship request.

All the best,
James Piper

Lalaine *myficbookreviews* Hi Shirley! thanks for accepting my request and I so loved your book FURY. I got a review about it on my website. One of the first reviews I ever posted. :)

ps. You are awesome. x

message 24: by Catie

Catie Thanks for the request Shirley! I really like what you wrote about being a reader AND a writer. I really respect that. Look forward to seeing what you're reading (and writing). :)

message 25: by Reynje (last edited Nov 07, 2011 05:57PM)

Reynje But do you double-dare me?? PHYSICAL CHALLENGE! (I can't believe I remember that...

Look at me: staring off into the distance pensively.. looking for my lost words.. concocting ballads..

message 26: by Flannery (last edited Nov 07, 2011 05:20PM)

Flannery I got the comment on my profile notification but not one for accepting the friendship offer. I was having heart palpitations.

And don't get too big a head about your stalking abilities--I'm ace at it. (but I'm open to being partners in crime) #6 on this list is totally true about me. The things people share on Facebook and Twitter are disgusting.

message 27: by Reynje

Reynje Your wish is my command! Be free, Ronan, be free!

message 28: by Brooke

Brooke You know what's annoying? I saw your book everywhere when I wasn't able to buy it, and now that I can, I can't find a darn copy! #frustration.

You're just too popular ;o)

Ordering it is!

message 29: by Aleeeeeza (last edited Nov 11, 2011 06:34PM)

Aleeeeeza hello, shirley! i'm kind of surprised i didn't add you yet--we seem to have loads of books in common and your reviews are quite nice, but i must've forgotten or something. (can't say i'm surprised--it's exam time, after all. :D)

anyway, i look forward to talking books with you!

Aleeeeeza also, i think it's so coolio you live in perth! that place is real high on my 'must visit if i ever can' list. :)

Wendy Darling I just put together a little package for you that I'm sort of happy about. :D I'll send you a note when I've actually made it to the post office so that you know to expect it!

Aleeeeeza Ha! No, I actually don't think myself a fan of any of those things, but the beaches in Perth--they are STUNNING.

and yeah, reading and writing definitely adds some much-needed color in my drab accounting-filled life. can't wait to be done with the certification!

message 33: by Reynje

Reynje Mel B's face after Johnny Ruffo's second song - yeah, you can thank me later :)

Wendy Darling All righty, I mailed off your package today! They say it will take 6 -10 business days, so be on the lookout. :)

message 35: by Jasprit

Jasprit Hey Shirley thank you so much for the friend request, you have so made my day :D

I've seen you on the feeds a while, so it's awesome finally to be friends with you. I'm on the Team Limajaritjomia tour for your book so super excited to be reading it!

Look forward to chatting books and "stuff" :)

message 36: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Thank you so much for the friend request and the compliment! "Crush-inducing writing." *Dies*
That was super sweet of you. :)

I am dying to read Fury. It has been eluding me for quite some time. Thankfully, I should get a chance to read it during Wendy's tour.

I'm sure we will be great friends! ^_^

message 37: by Steph

Steph Sinclair *frolicks through the meadow arm and arm with Shirley*

message 38: by Lisa

Lisa Thanks for the friend request. I would have added you sooner but I thought we were already friends. I've been enjoying your reviews for a while. :)

message 39: by Karen

Karen Thanks for the request! I would love to be friends here.

Hopefully, we can be bookish together :D

(and no, your answer wasn't half assed. I'm just tired of people giving one line answers that don't make sense most of the time)

Wendy Darling My feed has been taken over by the approximately 3.2 zillion friends who have become friends of Shirley! Are you handing out chocolate lollies and offering unicorn rides again?

Wendy Darling Hah hah, you know I'm just kidding, right? I adore you and your reviews, it was only a matter of time before the wondrousness that is Shirley was appreciated by others. :D

Cillian, the way Shirley is on GoodReads is a great indicator for the way she is as an author, too--smart, funny, and unforgettable. ;) You'll totally love Eliza.

message 42: by Reynje

Reynje So: Salt N Pepa last night. I didn't know whether to just hyperventilate or put my gold lycra tights on and dance around the room singing into the remote :)

message 43: by Hira

Hira Haha, thanks for accepting! Look forward to chatting books :)

Wendy Darling Hi Shirley! Guess what arrived yesterday. :D We weren't around for most of the day so I just opened the package this evening. Thank you so much for sending Miss Eliza along! I will be posting the tour info very shortly, let's see where we can send her on her tour of the United States. :)

message 45: by Reynje

Reynje Shirley wrote: "Happy Birthday Rey da Babe! I hope you get some books as pressies. Either way I know that your party soundtrack will be absolutely crankin!!


Thank you lovely! I will definitely be pulling out my boy-band dance moves and turning up some Salt N Pepa :) Hugs!

message 46: by Jo

Jo Dear Shirley,
If I find out that you do not write your books with a typewriter balanced delicately on your lovely-stockinged knee, I will be docking a star when I write my review for Fury.


You have been warned,


ps. What are you drinking? If it's champagne out of a teacup I will give you INFINITE STARS.

Kat Kennedy Love your author picture. Definitely a Melbourne girl, aren't you! All style and glamour! My author photo would have a picture of me drinking sour whiskey and putting a fiver in a male strippers G-string while simultaneously trying to get a stain out of my wife beater.

Kat Kennedy Kat - go take this photo and replace your profile pic straight away. And *ahem* I would like to volunteer to go to this special place with the male strippers and take the photo for you

Dude, next time you're in Sydney or I'm...wherever you live... it's a lady date! We'll hit the clubs with purses full of five dollar notes and get a picture of me looking as seedy as possible.

Annabelle Marie Veronica Oh yes, of course! Thank you for accepting my friend request! ♥♥


Wendy... what can I say? I dun deserve so much... GOODIES"

Yay, I'm glad it made it there safely! I hope your chocolates haven't melted en route. I sent you the Special Edition Cherry Hersheys Kisses since I know you like cherry, and I figured I could always send you regular ones later on.

Hope you enjoy! I refuse to take the bill from your dentist, though. ;)

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