Cathy Hopkins

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For The Apprentice (UK) candidate, see Katie Hopkins

Cathy Hopkins (born January 23, 1953, Manchester) is an English novelist, best known for her teenage books Mates, Dates series.

Early life[edit]

Hopkins was born in Manchester, but lived in Kenya from the age of five until she was eleven and her family returned to England.She also sang with a rock and roll band named Driving Rock and the Rockettes, which toured local colleges and universities as the warm-up band to groups such as Wizard and The Average White Band. Her father writes under the name Billy Hopkins. His titles include Our Kid, Kate's Story, High Hopes, Going Places, Anything Goes, Whatever Next, Tommy's World and Big Mama.[1]


Hopkins started writing books in 1987, collaborating with cartoonist Gray Jolliffe on a series of humour books.[2] She has had 55 books published in 33 different countries, including the Mates, Dates series, the Truth, Dare, Kiss or Promise series, the Cinnamon Girl series (published by Piccadilly Press) and the Zodiac Girls series (published by Kingfisher/Macmillan) and Holy Moley, I'm a Dead Dude for Chickenhouse. Her most recent series is Million Dollar Mates, published by Simon and Schuster.

Cathy Hopkins was shortlisted for the Queen of Teen award in 2010.[3]

Mates, Dates series

  • Mates, Dates and Inflatable Bras (2001)
  • Mates, Dates and Cosmic Kisses (2001)
  • Mates, Dates and Portobello Princesses (US title Mates, Dates, and Designer Divas) (2001)
  • Mates, Dates and Sleepover Secrets (2002)
  • Mates, Dates and Sole Survivors (2002)
  • Mates, Dates and Mad Mistakes (2003)
  • Mates, Dates and Pulling Power (US title Mates, Dates, and Sequin Smiles) (2003)
  • Mates, Dates and Tempting Trouble (2004)
  • Mates, Dates and Great Escapes (2004)
  • Mates, Dates and Chocolate Cheats (2005)
  • Mates, Dates and Diamond Destiny (2005)
  • Mates, Dates and Sizzling Summers (2007)
  • Mates, Dates and Saving the Planet (2008)
  • Mates, Dates and Flirting (2008)
  • Mates, Dates: The Secret Story (2009)
  • The Mates, Dates Guide to Life, Love and Looking Luscious (2005)

Cathy also has three 3 in 1 books out at the moment:

  • Mates, Dates Utterly Fabulous (books 1 - 3) (2008)
  • Mates, Dates Perfectly Divine (books 4 - 6) (2008)
  • Mates, Dates Absolutely Amazing (books 7-9) (2009)
  • Mates, Dates Strictly Gorgeous (books 10-12) (Releases in June 2010)

Truth, Dare, Kiss XO or Promise series

  • White Lies and Barefaced Truths (2002)
  • Pop Princess (2002)
  • Teen Queens and Has-Beens (2003)
  • Double Dare (2004)
  • Starstruck (2005)
  • Midsummer Meltdown (2005)
  • Love Lottery (2006)
  • All Mates Together (2006)

Cinnamon Girl series[edit]

  • This Way to Paradise (2007)
  • Starting Over (2007)
  • Looking for a Hero (2008)
  • Expecting to Fly (2009)

Zodiac Girl series[edit]

  • From Geek to Goddess (2007) Gemini
  • Recipe for Rebellion (2007) Sagittarius
  • Discount Diva (2007) Taurus
  • Brat Princess (2007) Leo
  • Star Child (2008) Virgo
  • Double Trouble(2009) Scorpio
  • Dancing Queen (2009) Aries
  • Bridesmaids' Club (2009) Libra


  1. ^ Works by or about Hopkins, Billy 1928- in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  2. ^ Cathy Hopkins Interview
  3. ^ Katie Allen, Authors vye for Queen of Teen, The Bookseller, 22 June 2010

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