A POPULAR children’s author hopes to sell a listed house she bought from the proceeds of her most famous book.
Anne Fine bought the Grade II Listed House in Gray Lane, Barnard Castle, County Durham from the proceeds of Madame Doubtfire.
The film about a family with divorced parents was released as Mrs Doubtfire in 1993, starring Robin Williams.
Anne, a former Children’s Laureate and author of more than 50 books, has lived at Gray Lane House for more than 20 years.
Two of the most notable books she penned there were The Road of Bones, written in a very icy winter, about Stalinist Russia, and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2007, and Flour Babies, a comedy, which won the medal in 1992.
This 18th Century period home features three reception rooms, one of which has become Anne’s book-lined library, the second a cosy sitting room, and the third, which she built herself, a light-filled study overlooking the garden.
There is a spacious family kitchen and a large workshop and garage complete the accommodation. Upstairs, there are two bathrooms and three bedrooms and staircases at both the front and the back.