Queen of Contemporary is now used as an archive for posts between 2012-2019. To find updated blog posts, please visit Lucy at lucythereader.com!

Hi! I’m Lucy Powrie, a book lover based in England. My début novel, The Paper & Hearts Society, comes out in summer 2019 from Hodder Children’s Books: it’s about a book club, finding your best friends, and learning how not fitting in might just be the best decision you ever made.


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  • Introducing… The Paper & Hearts Society: Read With Pride!

    19 June, 2019
    I am so excited to be able to share that my second book, the sequel to The Paper & Hearts Society, is called… The Paper & Hearts Society: Read with Pride! I’m having so much fun writing this book and working on the next adventure for The Paper & Hearts Society, which I hope you’ll enjoy just as much as TP&HS. What is Read with Pride about? Read with Pride follows Olivia as she accidentally starts a secret underground book club at school for LGBTQ+ students. There’s a national school book club competition, an online #ReadwithPride campaign, and new characters who I already love so much and hope you’ll love too. But don’t worry: all your favourite Paper & Hearts Society members will also be back! We’ll catch up with Tabby as she starts therapy and tries to get her life back on track, find out more about her and Henry’s relationship, and also find out just what Ed is getting up to by inviting Felix into The Paper & Hearts Society. And there will be more Mrs Simpkins, of course ..! Why Read with Pride? In writing Read with Pride, I was (and am) very conscious that I didn’t want […]
  • Revealing the cover of The Paper & Hearts Society!

    15 February, 2019
    It’s time for a Friday treat! I am SO HAPPY that I finally get to share the cover of The Paper & Hearts Society, my debut novel out in June, with you all. Honestly, I must admit that I cried as soon as I saw it. It’s everything I could have hoped for and more, and I have wasted many a day staring at it when I should have been working. So would you like to see it?! Are you ready? Are you sure?! Here we go… I give you, The Paper & Hearts Society!   The cover was designed by Alison Padley from Hachette Children’s Group, who has done an amazing job of bringing Tabby, my main character to life. I love everything about it – but especially the gorgeous Paper & Hearts logo, the BOOKS under the ‘O’ in my name, and the mini Paper & Hearts Society book that Tabby is reading! Add on Goodreads & Preorder! Click here: Amazon | The Book Depository | Waterstones  Goodreads   What’s it about? Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa […]
  • 2018 in Review | Books, Guinea Pigs, the Brontës & Everything Else I Got Up To

    31 December, 2018
    This is it! The end of 2018! I know I say it every year, but I really can’t believe how fast this year has passed. I spent the last few days of 2017 feeling anxious, worried, and unsure of the future. What would this year hold? Would it be a good year, an exciting year; could it surpass 2017? 2018 has been the year I finished education (but I’ll never finish learning!), the year I got a book deal, the year I made new friends and explored new places and found an inner confidence I never knew I had. It’s had its lows — stress and worry and a few too many meltdowns — but there have been incredible highs too. Thank you for being a part of it! The Year in Review   Happy New Year to you — I hope 2019 is joyous and prosperous and filled with many, many books. Here’s to the year ahead!