Anne Hegerty

The Chase’s Anne Hegerty reveals secret career as children’s author

She admitted her books were "rubbish"

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Anne Hegerty is best known as The Governess, one of the formidable quiz masters from ITV’s The Chase.

But on Twitter this week, the trivia expert stunned fans by revealing a little-known fact about her career.

Anne, 60, told her followers she once had some children’s books published, albeit under a different name.

Anne is best known as The Governess (Credit: Brett D. Cove /

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During a conversation on the micro-blogging site, Anne said she wrote two kids’ books but admitted they were “rubbish” and didn’t sell very well.

It came after one user tweeted about Richard Scarry, on what would have been the US author’s 100th birthday, hailing him as one of the 20th-century’s “most distinctive author-illustrators”.

Responding, Anne revealed: “I actually once wrote two books under the name Richard Scarry. With his permission, I should add. He couldn’t do EVERYTHING himself. They were a bit rubbish and nobody bought them.”

The Twitter user, amazed, insisted this was “outstanding new information” and joked that Anne’s Wikipedia page will likely be updated to reflect the new information about her past.

But when asked which books she’d written, Anne couldn’t remember exactly.

She told them: “One of them was based on Mr Frumble’s Worst Day Ever! and I can’t remember what the other one was.”

“They were sticker books. The publishing firm I was working for had a licence to cannibalise Scarry books and use the art in other books – provided we cleared the new text and storylines with his son, Huck.”

Scarry passed away in 1994 at the age of 74. In his lifetime, he published over 300 titles and sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

Anne, who featured on last year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, is no stranger to chatting with her followers on Twitter.

She’s active on Twitter (Credit: Brett D. Cove /

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Earlier this year, she offered up a hilarious response to some cheeky fans who compared her to a topless man at a football match.

A picture of a Newcastle United supporter with his top off and moobs bare for all to see circulated online, and someone on Twitter thought he looked suspiciously like Anne.

She initially tweeted: “I would just like to confirm that this is NOT me…”

But when someone else jokingly replied, “Prove it”, Anne’s sense of humour came out in force and she clapped back: “My [bleeps] are bigger than that.”

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