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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.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Melvin Burgess

Sara's Face by Melvin Burgess
Sara's Face
Melvin Burgess
Special 11th Anniversary Edition. As ever, Melvin Burgess makes readers think. Sara signs up for a face transplant but is it her who wants it or, is she being pushed into doing it against her will by the scarred pop-star...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2017
Junk by Melvin Burgess
Junk
Melvin Burgess
When it was published in 1996 it created a Storm of Protest - especially from those who didn't bother to read it. The book, however, is credible, honest, realistic, moving and sympathetic - not to drug taking, but to some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
Hunger by Melvin Burgess
Hunger
Melvin Burgess
This little series of books is an off-shoot of the old Hammer horror films. It invites established authors, who don’t normally write about the supernatural, to have a bit of fun. The results are mixed. Some are very tongue-in-cheek, some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess
Bloodsong
Melvin Burgess
A sequel to Bloodtide, Bloodsong revisits the two families and their London setting. War has now wholly destroyed the city. Of the Volson’s, only fifteen year old Sigurd remains. Defenceless without the knife given to his father by the gods...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
Bloodtide by Melvin Burgess
Bloodtide
Melvin Burgess
Award-winning Melvin Burgess packs an enormous punch in this gripping, brilliant and scarily dark futuristic saga. He shies away from nothing in his story of the Volsons and the Connors, two powerful families whose gangs control London, fighting to the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
The Hit by Melvin Burgess
Reader Reviewed The Hit
Melvin Burgess
Award-winning Melvin Burgess sets out a thrilling proposal: what if there were a drug which gave you the chance to have the very best time of your life for one week after which it was known that you would die....
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2013
Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess
Kill All Enemies
Melvin Burgess
A brilliant, intense and important book for everyone who cares about the real lives of many young people. The award winning author of Junk, Melvin Burgess, is at his very best in this hard hitting and deeply touching story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess
Nicholas Dane
Melvin Burgess
Carnegie-prize winning author, Melvin Burgess, has written a long-awaited new novel. This compelling story of a teenager caught in a corrupt 1980s care home is a powerful study of a particularly highly charged and distressing subject and one that is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2010
Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess
Nicholas Dane
Melvin Burgess
Carnegie-prize winning author, Melvin Burgess, has written a long-awaited new novel. This compelling story of a teenager caught in a corrupt 1980s care home is a powerful study of a particularly highly charged and distressing subject and one that is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/06/2009
Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess
Bloodsong
Melvin Burgess
Melvin Burgess is justly regarded as the Godfather of Young Adult fiction in the UK. He doesnât disappoint with this work of mind-bending imagination and power, in which myth, magic and science fiction are mixed with the basest and best...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 04/01/2007
Junk by Melvin Burgess
Junk
Melvin Burgess
Carnegie winner in 1996. When it was published in 1996 it created a Storm of Protest - especially from those who didn't bother to read it. The book, however, is credible, honest, realistic, moving and sympathetic - not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2003
Sara's Face by Melvin Burgess
Sara's Face
Melvin Burgess
As ever, Melvin Burgess makes readers think. Sara signs up for a face transplant but is it her who wants it or, is she being pushed into doing it against her will be the scarred pop-star who wants her face?...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970

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