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Melvin Burgess - Author

About the Author

Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire.  As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell's animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories  - "it was about the first time I'd ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped."  After leaving school, Melvin moved to Bristol  where he worked on occasional jobs, mainly in the building industry, and was often unemployed.  He started writing in his twenties and wrote on and off for the next fifteen years before The Cry of the Wolf was published in 1990. He moved to London in 1983 and began a small business marbling fabrics for the fashion industry. In 1997 his controversial bestseller Junk won the  Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. 

Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature. In 1997, his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner.

Photo credit: John Coombes

Featured books by Melvin Burgess

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

From acclaimed and controversial author, Melvin Burgess, a terrifying new Hammer Horror novella about a teenager and her relationship with a ghoul. When Beth wakes up one morning covered in dirt, she puts it down to an extreme case of sleep-walking. But when reports of a desecrated grave start to circulate, her night-time wanderings take on a sinister air. Soon the city is being plagued by strange sightings and sudden disappearances. Beth knows that something is changing within her. Something that's filling her with an urgent, desperate hunger that demands to be satisfied - at any cost...

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Other books by Melvin Burgess

The Baby and Fly Pie

The Baby and Fly Pie

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

'We're the rubbish kids, losers and orphans. Everyday we go out on to the Tip to sort rubbish for Mother Shelly.' For Sham, Fly Pie and his sister Jane, this is the grim reality of their lives. Then one day everything changes when they find a baby on the Tip - a baby worth seventeen million pounds . . . This discovery takes them into a savage, lonely city and so begins an endless fight for survival.

Junk

Junk

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: eBook Release Date: 23/05/2012

Tar und Gemma wollen zu Hause raus: Tar hat nur Arger mit seinem trinkenden Vater und Gemma erstickt in Spieigkeit. Sie hauen ab nach Bristol und landen in der coolen Szene: Partys, gute Leute - und Drogen. Tar und Gemma lassen sich mitziehen, sie sind sicher, dass sie jederzeit aufhoren konnen ...

Schlachten

Schlachten

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: eBook Release Date: 23/05/2012

London in der Zukunft. Die Stadt besteht nur noch aus Ruinen und zwei verfeindete Clans kampfen um die Vorherrschaft: Die Volsons und die Conors. Um die Stadt endlich wieder zu vereinen und zu neuer Starke zu fuhren, verheiratet Val Volson seine 14-jahrige Tochter Signy mit seinem Erzfeind Conor. Doch Conor nutzt die Gunst der Stunde und lasst den Clan der Volsons kurzerhand ausloschen. Nur Signy darf weiterleben und hat fortan nur noch ein Ziel: Rache.

Burning Issy

Burning Issy

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

'Are you frightened of dying, Issy?' Issy doesn't know where she came from or who she is. Night after night, she has the same nightmare: she burns in a fire and at the heart of the flames is a face she dare not look at. Fear and superstition are everywhere. She must run - from the Witch-finder, from the evil hag who wants her, from those she loves and maybe even from her own true nature...

The Cry of the Wolf

The Cry of the Wolf

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2011

It was a mistake for Ben to tell the Hunter that there were still wolves in Surrey. For the Hunter was a fanatic, always on the lookout for unusual prey. Driven by an ambition to wipe out the last English wolves, the Hunter set out on a savage quest. But what happens when the Hunter becomes the hunted?

Nicholas Dane

Nicholas Dane

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2011

Als Nicholas' Mutter stirbt, muss er von einem Tag auf den anderen ins Heim. Dort herrschen Disziplin, Unterdruckung und brutale Gewalt. Doch noch schlimmer als die prugelnden Lehrer ist der Heimleiter Mr Creal, der den Jugendlichen mit groer Freundlichkeit begegnet - um sie dann zu missbrauchen. Mit allem Stolz und aller Selbstachtung, die Nicholas noch hat, wagt er die Flucht aus dem Heim. Schonungslos, doch mit groem Einfhlungsvermgen und ohne jeglichen Voyeurismus beschreibt Melvin Burgess, wie Nicholas es schlielich trotz allem in ein normales Leben zurck schafft - und wie fr viele Leidensgenossen auch Jahre spter die Spirale der Gewalt kein Ende findet.

Doing it

Doing it

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: eBook Release Date: 28/12/2010

Ben und Alison tun es nicht mehr. Jonathon und Deborah tun es endlich. Dino und Jackie werden es vielleicht nie tun. So einfach ist das. Ist es das? Was denkt er, was fhlt sie? Was fhlter, was denkt sie? Sechs Jugendliche im Wirrwarr der Gefhle, Gedanken, Bedrfnisse - Doing It.

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2008

Billy's mother is dead, and his father and brother are fiercely involved in a bitter miners' fight that has split the local community. Billy's father wants his son to learn boxing, like he did and his father before him. But Billy is fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet and is determined to dance his way to a different future...This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.

Bloodsong

Bloodsong

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

Doing It

Doing It

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Dino, Jon, and Ben have each got problemsa girlfriend who won't put out, a girlfriend who won't give up, and a predatory teacher . . . just for starters. Award-winning author Melvin Burgess has written a daringly honest and often hilarious account of contemporary teenage life, and the ups and downs that surround Doing It.

Sara's Face

Sara's Face

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Sara is going to have a face transplant. She has allowed herself to be drawn into the orbit of a highly manipulative and ruthless pop-star. He is going to take her discarded face to cover his own scarred and damaged one. But as the time of the operation approaches, those closest to her suspect that Sara is changing her mind. Is she being pressured into it? Is the wealthy pop-star her benefactor - or her gaoler?