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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

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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Other books by Kevin Brooks

Lucas (2019 reissue)

Lucas (2019 reissue)

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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 ...

See Through Me

See Through Me

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback 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?

Dogchild

Dogchild

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2017

THE BREATHTAKING NEW NOVEL FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR KEVIN BROOKS Jeet 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.

Born Scared

Born Scared

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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+

Johnny Delgado

Johnny Delgado

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

Life on Johnny's estate is hard. When he decides to become a detective, he thinks he's got it all figured out - there's sure to be loads of cases just begging to be investigated. But things start to spin out of control when he gets tangled up with the local gangs, and even more when he discovers the name of someone who might have killed his father. Johnny is on a quest for the truth, but can he discover it before the gangs of the estate take over? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Snake Trap

The Snake Trap

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Following a death-defying escape from the hands of a criminal overlord, young PI Travis Delaney thinks he might finally be getting closer to finding out who killed his parents, and why. But things are about to get a whole lot more deadly . . . One moment Travis is trapped in an armed face-off in the offices of Delaney & Co, private investigators. The next terrorists have stormed the building and he's been abducted. Kept captive alongside Winston, the rogue security officer who Travis believes is responsible for his parents' death, Travis is quickly plagued by more questions than answers. As the truth begins to emerge, Travis is faced with the ultimate dilemma: how do you choose between saving your own life or saving the life of someone you love?

Dumb Chocolate Eyes

Dumb Chocolate Eyes

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2015

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+

Bloodline

Bloodline

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2015

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+

I See You Baby

I See You Baby

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2015

Teen drama about mistaken identity with a touch of romance. Sally Mack is fed up - with her job, with her boss, with her life. Keith Scully's feeling pretty low too - his friends have stood him up and now he's on his way to the rock festival of the year alone. Sally and Keith both wish they could be someone, anyone, else. Well, today's their lucky day...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Devil's Angel

The Devil's Angel

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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.

Lucas

Lucas

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

'I saw his pale blue eyes, his fleeting presence . and then the air started moving again.' Caitlin's life changes when she sees Lucas through a shimmering haze of heat. He's the most beautiful boy and her world comes alive. But to others, Lucas is a stranger to the island. An outsider. Someone to hate. In the end, Caitlin must make a choice. And it must be what's right. It gets to you . you want to tell everyone how good it is. SUNDAY TIMES A moving and unusual love story . GUARDIAN SHORTLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FICTION AWARD

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