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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

Billy Elliot (2020 reissue)

Billy Elliot (2020 reissue)

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Based on the screenplay of the renowned film and musical! Billy Elliot is growing up in a struggling coal-mining town in Yorkshire. His father wants him to learn to box, like he did, but Billy has other ideas. Encouraged in secret by a local teacher, he's determined to dance his way to a different future ...

The Lost Witch

The Lost Witch

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can - creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help. All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she has met at the skate park. But her life is in danger, and she must break free. The question is - who can she trust? Carnegie Medal-winner Melvin Burgess returns with a powerful, thrilling fantasy for young adults about magic, myth and following your instincts.

Copper Treasure

Copper Treasure

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

From the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of Smack comes a middle-grade tale of adventure and cunning in the spirit of Treasure IslandVictorian London in the 1850's: Jamie, Ten Tons and Davies are young "e;mudlarks"e;--scavengers who eke out a meager existence by reclaiming bits of coal, rope, and anything of value from the muddy banks of the River Thames. Anything they find might keep them from starving for one more day.When they see a massive roll of copper fall off a ship, the trio comes up with a daring plan to retrieve it and make their fortunes. But can three small boys alone retrieve the impossibly heavy copper from the bottom of the Thames? They resolve to find a way--or die trying.

Lady

Lady

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

If you gotta be a dog, be a bitch. Sandra Francy is seventeen and under pressure - pressure to be good and work hard at school. But she's fed up with all that. She's been having fun, running wild - some say too wild. Then she gets turned into a dog. She's frightened at first, but she quickly realises there are pleasures she hardly knew existed. Is being human worth all the effort?

Persist

Persist

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2015

A haunting, powerful drama from Carnegie Medalist Melvin Burgess. A girl in a coma. A desperate mother. Marianne has been absent from her own life for so long that even her mother's unwavering faith is starting to tremble. But Marianne, floating in her own world, is starting to remember who she is - and the sad woman that visits every day. Can they both persist long enough to find a way back to one another? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Kill All Enemies

Kill All Enemies

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2015

Diese Kids bedeuten Arger, ganz klar! Ganz klar? Billie drischt auf alles ein - sogar ihre Pflegeeltern furchten sich vor ihr. Doch ihre Betreuerin sieht ein Madchen, das nichts als Abweisung kennt! Rob walzt mit seiner schieren Masse jeden platt - er ist der geborene Bully. Doch sein Stiefvater sieht ein perfektes Opfer fur seine Wutausbruche! Chris ist faul und streikt im Unterricht - seit Jahren macht er keine Hausaufgaben. Doch sein wahres Problem sieht kein Mensch! Denn jede Geschichte hat zwei Seiten. Welche davon glaubst du? --- In "e;Kill All Enemies"e; erzahlt der preisgekronte Autor Melvin Burgess von drei Jugendlichen in Schwierigkeiten, von Wut und Verletzlichkeit, von Schwache und Starke und von Freundschaft, Hoffnung und der Grundung einer Band. --- Ein echter Burgess: realistisch, authentisch und ganz nah dran.

Doing It

Doing It

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Dino's girlfriend won't give him what he wants. Jonathon is afraid of what his mates will think of the girl he likes. And Ben is having extra lessons from his sexy teacher. Three seventeen-year-old boys discover sex for the first time: but do they really know what they're doing?

Death

Death

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2014

Death ist Kult. Jeder spricht uber die neue Droge. Wer sie nimmt, hat die beste Zeit seines Lebens. Den ultimativen Hohenflug. Den absoluten Kick. Es gibt keine Grenzen, alles ist moglich - eine Woche lang. Den achten Tag erlebt man nicht. Denn Death ist todlich. Soll Adam die kleine Pille schlucken? Sein Bruder ist tot, bei dem Mdchen, in das er verliebt ist, hat er keine Chance und seine Zukunftsaussichten sind alles andere als rosig. Adam glaubt, dass er nichts zu verlieren hat. Und die beste Woche seines Lebens ist greifbar nah.

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2013

Billy Elliot ist der jungste Sohn einer Bergarbeiterfamilie. Vater Jackie schlagt sich durch, so gut er kann, wahrend er mit anderen Kumpels gegen die drohende Schlieung der Minen streikt. Logisch, dass Billy boxen lernen soll. Doch der entdeckt in der Sporthalle seine Vorliebe furs Ballett - ein Skandal in der rauen Arbeiterwelt. Fast schon gibt Billy seinen Traum vom Tanzen auf. Als dann aber ein Engagement an der Royal Ballet School winkt, steht er vor der Entscheidung seines Lebens.

An Angel For May

An Angel For May

Author: Melvin Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Tam is unhappy at home and often takes refuge in the ruins of Thowt It Farm. But then one day he is transported back to the Second World War. Alone and afraid, he makes friends with May, who has been rescued from a bombed-out house. She tries to persuade him to stay at the farm, but Tam is afraid of being trapped in the past forever.

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.