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'I was at boarding school in East Anglia, my third. I didn't want to be there. But if there had been no school, there would be no Finn. He lived in a hut on the coast. He was like the hut, in fact - it took a while for both of them to warm up. Now I am waiting for the end, and looking back to the beginning.'
Meg Rosoff had three or four careers in publishing and advertising before writing her highly acclaimed first novel, How I Live Now. She moved from New York City to London in 1989, where she lives with her husband and daughter. What I Was is her third novel, after How I Live Now and Just in Case.
Runner-up for New Angle Prize for Literature 2009. Shortlisted for Carnegie Medal 2008 and Costa Children's Book Award 2007.