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Kevin Brooks - 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.

If you like Kevin Brooks you might also like to read books by Melvin Burgess, William Golding and Veronica Roth.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Kevin Brooks

Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks
Martyn Pig
Kevin Brooks
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
The Bunker Diary
Kevin Brooks
Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2014. This is a hard-hitting novel has divided opinion on winning the 2014 Carnegie Medal. Whilst having great literary merit, in Lovereading's view it is unsuitable for younger teenagers. The Bunker Diary is award-winning, young...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/03/2013
Naked by Kevin Brooks
Naked
Kevin Brooks
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2011
Killing God by Kevin Brooks
Killing God
Kevin Brooks
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/06/2009
Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks
Black Rabbit Summer
Kevin Brooks
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2008
Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks
Black Rabbit Summer
Kevin Brooks
Pete and his childhood friends meet up for one last time, for ‘old timeâs sakeâ. 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....
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/02/2008
Being by Kevin Brooks
Being
Kevin Brooks
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2008
Being by Kevin Brooks
Being
Kevin Brooks
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2007
The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
The Road of the Dead
Kevin Brooks
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2007
Lucas by Kevin Brooks
Lucas
Kevin Brooks
Bound to capture your imagination right from the start, Lucas is the thriller that follows Caitlin, a 15-year-old girl who falls in love with a mysterious and beautiful boy with tragic consequences. The plot is gripping, thrilling and heartbreaking all...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2006

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