Kevin Brooks - Author

About the Author

Kevin Brooks counts among his many jobs being a crematorium assistant, a refreshments vendor at the London Zoo, and a civil servant. But he always wanted to be a writer.

It was the publication of Martyn Pig that changed everything. After being turned down by a number of publishers, Kevin Brooks sent his manuscript to The Chicken House, who jumped on the chance to publish it. They released Martyn Pig in the spring of 2002. In the U.K, the book went on to be short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and win a Branford Boase Award for a first best novel. And in the United States, it was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and an ALA Book of the Year, among its many accolades.

One of Brooks' favorite genres is the detective novel, and this shows in his writing, "I think my awareness of plot comes from having read a lot of crime fiction. When Martyn Pig came out, the reviewers were saying things such as 'well plotted' novel. I found that surprising because I didn't have any idea that I could plot or structure a story. I do plan, but I'm not consciously aware that I'm building a plot that creates good suspense; it comes naturally because I've soaked myself in those sorts of plots."


Why did he decide to write for children? "There are not many differences, I don't think, between writing for children and writing for adults," Brooks says, "because children aren't that different from adults. But I would say the story is the main thing, with children. With adults you might use different styles and structures, perhaps indulge in fiddly niceties. Writing for children brings you down to basics."


Critics have compared his second novel, Lucas, to classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Ox-Bow Incident. Told through the eyes of fifteen-year-old Caitlin, Lucas captures the pain and grace of an adolescent girl faced with a moral dilemma – with only her heart to guide her. "An ambitious and intricately crafted tale of love and resurrection," says Publishers Weekly in a starred review. Lucas was long listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize, was a Book Sense 76 pick and was also chosen for Barnes & Noble Teen Discovery Program.


Kevin Brooks is married and lives in Manningtree, Essex, England.

Featured books by Kevin Brooks

Martyn Pig

Martyn Pig

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Did I hate him? Of course I hated him. But I never meant to kill him. With his father dead, Martyn has a choice. Tell the police what happened - and be suspected of murder. Or get rid of the body and get on with the rest of his life. Simple, right? Not quite. One story leads to another. Secrets and lies become darker and crazier. And Martyn is faced with twists and turns that leave him reeling. Life is never easy. But death is even harder.

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The Bunker Diary

The Bunker Diary

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2013

Room meets Lord of the Flies . It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was. A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete. There are six little rooms along the main corridor. There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out. What's he going to do to me? What am I going to do? If I'm right, the lift will come down in five minutes. It did. Only this time it wasn't empty...

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Naked

Naked

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2011

Probably THE author of YA/teen fiction that has more of a cult following than any other.  His novels are controversial but utterly gripping and this one is no exception.  It's the story of Billy the Kid in the summer of chaos, punk and love in 1976. It's the story of a band, of life and death and everything in between.  Kevin Brooks' latest piece de resistance will rock you to the core.

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Killing God

Killing God

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2009

  July 2009 Book of the Month.   A thrilling, thought-provoking novel from the critically acclaimed Kevin Brooks. Dawn Bundy is fifteen. She doesn't fit in and she couldn't care less. Dawn has other things on her mind. Her dad disappeared two years ago and it's all God's fault. When Dawn's dad found God, it was the worst time ever. He thought he'd found the answer to everything. But that wasn't the end of it . . .   A message from the author: Q. What happens if the person you love most in the world - a person who is genuinely kind and loving and good - what happens if one day that person does something unimaginably terrible to you?  What happens to their goodness, to your love, to everything you once believed?  Does it all just die?   What happens when all you're left with is a messed-up heart, two dachshunds, a broken mother and the sound of The Jesus and Mary Chain playing constantly in your head?  How does that make you feel? And what happens if there is no one to blame except God because he doesn't exist?   A. The is what happens - the story of Dawn Buddy.

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Black Rabbit Summer

Black Rabbit Summer

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Pete and his childhood friends meet up one last time, for ‘old time’s sake’. But old times are full of secrets, tensions, bitterness and unhappiness. And everyone sees it a bit differently. And not only because of the drugs. A hard hitting and realistic story about the chaos of adolescence.   What the Carnegie judges said: 'The reader can really feel the sticky heat as Brooks builds up the sense of an interminable and stifling summer. He employs the devices of a detective novel to give us a powerful and tense read, whilst brilliantly conveying the inner tensions of his characters’ relationships. A book that really gets inside the minds of teenagers.'

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Being

Being

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2008

Who is Robert? When he goes in for his operation, Robert is sure he knows exactly who he is. But, things look different when the surgeon opens him up. It leads Robert to set off on a thrilling journey to find out the truth about himself. A funny, spooky, romantic and fast-paced adolescent journey of discovery.   The unravelling romance and gory action scenes will keep boys and girls alike hooked, and both will be asking the question, “what is Robert?” - Oscar 14

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The Road of the Dead

The Road of the Dead

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/01/2007

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2007. This is a book that will have you gasping for breath, gripping your chair and biting your teeth all at once and from the very start.  The characters are so realistic you feel you can touch them and the narrative is incredibly strong.  As bestselling novelist Philip Ardagh says, ‘you can taste the blood in your mouth as you read this’. How right he is.  Even the most reluctant reader will be ensnared. (14+) Judges' comment:This is original, fast paced storytelling that offers teenagers an uncompromising, powerful novel.   The hero is untraditional, yet compelling; the story dark and violent, yet the violence is never gratuitous;  it warns about the dangers of violence but is never didactic.  This is superb writing.

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Lucas

Lucas

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/10/2011

En Hale, una pequena isla de apenas cuatro kilometros de largo y dos de ancho, ocurre una historia de amor inusual pero conmovedora. Caitlin, una adolescente de 15 anos, hija de un escritor viudo y alcoholico, descubre que su apacible vida ha dado un vuelco tras conocer a Lucas, un enigmatico joven extranjero que parece venir de ninguna parte. Conforme crecen los sentimientos de Caitlin por Lucas, aumentan tambien las sospechas sobre el, sobre todo cuando un anciano tropieza a la orilla de la playa con el cuerpo de una chica acuchillada. Este libro gano el premio de literatura juvenil en Alemania en 2006.

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Other books by Kevin Brooks

Lucas (2019 reissue)

Lucas (2019 reissue)

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2020

A stunning edition of Kevin Brooks' celebrated novel - a truly original, powerful and emotional story from the author of The Bunker Diary. 'It gets to you ... you want to tell everyone how good it is.' SUNDAY TIMES 'A particularly moving and unusual love story.' GUARDIAN 'A gripping story' FINANCIAL TIMES Caitlin's life changes from the moment she sees Lucas walking across the causeway one hot summer's day. He is the strangest, most beautiful boy she has ever seen - and when she meets him, her world comes alive. But to others, he quickly becomes an object of jealousy, prejudice and hatred. Caitlin tries to make sense of the injustice that lurks at every unexpected twist and turn, until she realises that she must do what she knows in her heart is right.

Martyn Pig (2020 reissue)

Martyn Pig (2020 reissue)

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2020

A stunning edition of Kevin Brooks' celebrated novel - a truly original, powerful and emotional story from the author of The Bunker Diary. Martyn hated his dad, but he never meant for him to die. And now he has to tell the police what happened ... or hide the body. Simple, right? Not quite. One story leads to another. Secrets and lies become darker and crazier. And then everything shatters. Life is never easy, but death is even harder ... A stunning reissue of the Branford Boase-winning novel from Kevin Brooks, author of The Bunker Diary; also shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal PRAISE FOR MARTYN PIG ' ... will keep you gripped.' The Observer Dark, funny and with a neat twist in the tale. This is very good stuff indeed. Melvin Burgess ... a cult novel. Independent An immensely clever murder mystery. Literary Review

See Through Me

See Through Me

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2019

THE STUNNING NEW NOVEL FROM MULTIPLE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, KEVIN BROOKS When fifteen-year-old Kenzie wakes up in hospital in a darkened room, she's in the dark about what has happened to her too. The doctors break the devastating news that she has been struck down by a rare genetic condition that means her skin has become transparent, revealing everything inside of her - and Kenzie feels repellent to look at. But when a medical photo of her is leaked and goes viral, the press attention is massive. How can Kenzie live like this, when she doesn't want to be seen at all? Can a boy who can't even see her, be the only one to help her to find the answers... ? Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He has worked in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before - happily - giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of many acclaimed award-winning young adult novels, including Martyn Pig, Lucas, Kissing The Rain, The Road of the Dead, Black Rabbit Summer and iBoy. He now lives in North Yorkshire. The Bunker Diary won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014.

Dogchild

Dogchild

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/09/2018

THE BREATHTAKING NEW NOVEL FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR KEVIN BROOKSJeet was raised by a pack of wild dogs. Recaptured and 'rehumanised', Jeet now lives with the last of his people in an ancient walled town in the vast expanse of the Deathlands, besieged by a much larger enemy clan. They are preparing for the final battle and it's Jeet's task to record the events. But Jeet is struggling to come to terms with his half-human, half-dog identity. Can the impending conflict, and his relationship with another rehumanised dogchild, shed any light on what it takes to be a survivor?Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had a varied working life, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before - happily - giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of many acclaimed award-winning young adult novels, including Martyn Pig, Lucas, Kissing The Rain, The Road of the Dead, Black Rabbit Summer and iBoy. He now lives in North Yorkshire. The Bunker Diary won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014.

Miedo

Miedo

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/07/2018

A Elliot le aterra casi todo. Desde el momento en que nacio, su vida ha estado ligada a un miedo inexplicable hacia la mayoria de las cosas. Ahora, lo unico que mantiene sus terrores a raya son las pastillas amarillas que toma diariamente; sin embargo, justo en Nochebuena, Elliot se queda sin medicina, entonces su madre tiene que salir a la farmacia para surtir otra receta. Parece que nada puede salir mal, sin embargo, despues de un largo rato, ella no regresa. Elliot sospecha que algo sucedio, pero, tendra el valor para enfrentar sus miedos y salir a buscarla?

Born Scared

Born Scared

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2016

The much anticipated follow-up title from the multi-award winning author of The Bunker Diary, recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for young adults. Elliot is terrified of almost everything. From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day. It's Christmas Eve, there's a snowstorm and Elliot's medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She'll only be 10 minutes - but shen she doesn't come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 400 metres away. It might as well be 400 miles... Born Scared joins the ranks of Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places, Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of A Funny Story, and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why as an example of teen fiction offering a frank and intelligent portrait of mental illness. Kevin Brooks was born in 1959. His first novel, Martyn Pig, was shortlisted for a 2002 Carnegie Medal and won the 2003 Branford Boase Award. His second novel, Lucas, won the 2004 North East Book Award. In 2014 his novel The Bunker Diary was awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Kevin lives in North Yorkshire.

Five Hundred Miles

Five Hundred Miles

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

For brothers Cole and Ruben it's another rainy morning in the badlands of East London, selling dodgy paperwork for even dodgier motors. But arriving in a grimy pub on their latest errand, the brothers stumble across a trio of gangsters, a beautiful young girl and a monkey in a cage - and their entire day is knocked off course. They soon find themselves fleeing in a hot-wired car, girl and chattering monkey in tow, surrounded by police. Their final destination: Oban, five hundred miles north, where they hope to find sanctuary. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Dumb Chocolate Eyes

Dumb Chocolate Eyes

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

A brutally honest and effective story about adolescent boredom and destructive friendships, from Carnegie medalist Kevin Brooks. It was one of those childhood friendships of convenience - two lads in the same village who go to the same school. But then Cassidy gets it into his head that they should set traps for the rats in his garden, and things start to go very, very wrong. A gritty teen drama. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Devil's Angel

The Devil's Angel

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2015

A darkly humorous and brilliantly observed teen drama about the intensity of teenage friendships and disaffected youth. When Dean first appears at school, Jack knows right away that there's something different about him. The two form a fast bond and dream of starting a band together, but underneath all the usual teenage posturing of drinking, drugs and rebellion against authority, there's a darker side to Dean that needs more - more wildness, more violence. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Danger Game

The Danger Game

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Fourteen-year-old Travis Delaney is trying to get his life back on track following the crash that killed his parents last summer. The police called it an accident, but Travis knows better. His parents were on to something, and whatever they were investigating . . . ended with their murder. Since Travis's Grandad took over Delaney and Co, things have finally started to look up. But when his private investigation partner, Courtney, is attacked following a routine inquiry into a local business, Travis can't help but get involved, even though he's supposed to be focusing on his own investigation into thefts at school. But what he discovers draws him into more danger than he ever could have imagined. Tangled up in a web of gang warfare, dirty police and secret organisations, Travis needs to find a way out. But at the heart of it all is a traitor. Someone close to Travis. Someone he's supposed to trust. But trust is a dangerous thing.

The Ultimate Truth

The Ultimate Truth

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

When Travis Delaney's parents die in a car crash, Travis is devastated. In a bid to pull himself out of his grief, he starts to look into the last case they were investigating at the private investigation agency they ran. What starts as a minor distraction soon becomes a sinister, unbelievable mystery - and Travis is determined to solve it. Why were his parents looking for a missing boy when the boy's family says he isn't missing? Where is the boy himself? And why would a man who is in surveillance photos taken by Travis's parents turn up at their funeral? As Travis searches for answers, he starts to have the chilling realization that the question he should be asking is the one he most wants to avoid: Was the accident that killed his parents really what it seemed? An intriguing, exciting adventure from a master of suspense.

Wrapped in White

Wrapped in White

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

PI John Craine - still struggling to cope with the weight of his past - is forced to finally confront it in his most personal and frightening case yet. PI John Craine is hired to investigate the brutal murder of a Somali youth called Jamaal Tan. The police are treating the murder as just another gang-related crime, but Tan's aunt believes there's more to it than that, and she claims the police are trying to cover up her nephew's death. While investigating the case, Craine learns of the sudden death of his friend and mentor Leon Mercer. At first it appears to be a tragic accident, but Craine soon finds himself entangled in two deeply suspicious investigations. And before long he comes face to face with a man he hoped never to see again.

El camino de los muertos

El camino de los muertos

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/06/2012

Cole y Ruben buscan vengar la muerte de su hermana Rachel, que fue violada y asesinada cuando visitaba a una amiga en un pueblo cercano. Mientras investigan la identidad del asesino, Ruben, a traves de su habilidad para percibir lo que los otros sienten, descubrira un secreto que atrapara a los hermanos en un mundo lleno de sombrios personajes, en el que los intereses y las intrigas los obligaran a defender ahora su propia vida.

Until the Darkness Comes

Until the Darkness Comes

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2012

PI John Craine has come to Hale Island to get away from it all - the memories and the guilt, and a past that just won't let go. But within hours he stumbles across the dead body of a young girl on the beach. When the police arrive the body has inexplicably disappeared. Or - in his already tormented state - did Craine imagine it in the first place? Determined to get at the truth, Craine starts asking questions. But it seems no one on the island is talking. And all too soon he finds himself tangled up in a deadly network of fear and violence. Someone has a dark secret to keep, and Craine is getting in the way...

Bloodline

Bloodline

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2012

A gritty teen drama. Finbar's fed up. He's back at his dad's house for the usual weekend visit of watching TV and eating chips. Just like every other. The last thing he expects is for a girl to burst into the house. A girl with a gun - and a bag of stolen cash. Who is she? What has she done? And will Finbar's life ever be the same? Gritty, nail-biting thriller from Carnegie medalist Kevin Brooks. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

A Dance of Ghosts

A Dance of Ghosts

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/03/2011

PI John Craine is struggling to cope with the weight of his past. Sixteen years ago his wife, Stacy, was brutally murdered. Craine found her body in their bed. And since then, to escape the pain and the unanswered questions, he has buried himself in work by day, and whisky by night. But one phone call changes everything. The mother of missing young woman Anna Gerrish calls on his services, and Craine soon finds himself at the centre of a sinister web of corruption and lies that leads back into the murky waters of the past - and to the night that Craine has spent over a decade trying to forget. As he delves deeper and deeper into the case everything gets increasingly, terrifyingly, personal. And it's down to Craine to stop history from repeating itself ...

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