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Bernard Beckett has a degree in Economics, and has taught in the Wellington region for several years. He has published nine novels, and has won many awards for his fiction.
In 2006 Bernard was awarded a New Zealand Science, Mathematics and Technology Teacher Fellowship where he worked on a project examining DNA mutations. This new direction led to the publication of Genesis in 2006, which won the Young Adult Category in the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards. In 2008 the book made publishing history when UK publisher Quercus Books offered the largest advance ever put forward for a young adult novel in New Zealand. The novel, also published in Australia, is to be released in the UK as two separate editions: adult and young adult, and is to be published – at this date – in over 20 countries.
Bernard’s fascination for science also led to Falling for Science: Asking the Big Questions (2007), his non-fiction exploration of the relationship between story-telling and science.
Bernard currently lives in Wellington with his wife, Clare Knighton (and co-author of Deep Fried.)
Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death. When dawn breaks they might be seen from the road and rescued, or not. They wait desperately holding onto life, unravelling the sequence of events that brought them together. Tristan is a philosopher struggling with the question of free will. Grace's life of hardship allows no place for such ideas. But a brief encounter changes their lives, setting them on a collision course with love and death - and each other.
June 2010 Book of the Month. Set in the future on an isolated island with its citizens divided into ‘sects’. To change position exams must be taken. We follow a young girl taking such an exam with her chosen subject a man who forged the beginning of their society. As she answers the examiners so she questions her beliefs and that of her upbringing. What emerges is a debate about philosophy and artificial intelligence, an extraordinarily thought-provoking work which was written as a children’s book and indeed long-listed for the 2009 Guardian Children’s Prize. The writing is simplistic, the themes are not. Comparison: Unique but try Jostein Gaarder (Sophie’s World) or Ray Bradbury.
Der fesselnde Psychothriller von Bernard Beckett bietet spannende Unterhaltung, uberrascht mit unerwarteten Wendungen und konfrontiert die Leser mit moralischen Fragen. Ein packender Roman, der lange nachhallt. Alles, was du willst, ist Gerechtigkeit. Das, was dir bleibt, ist Rache. Orientierungslos wacht Marko in einer psychiatrischen Klinik auf: Wie kam er hierher? Warum wurde er betubt? Was wird mit ihm geschehen? Dann erkennt er jemanden aus seiner Vergangenheit - und begreift, dass er sterben soll. Marko muss Zeit gewinnen. Gengend Zeit, um seine Geschichte aufzuschreiben: die Geschichte eines harmlos beginnenden Ausflugs, eines Erdbebens, das Markos Welt zum Einsturz brachte, und eines Mordes, der nie geshnt wurde. In der fiebrigen Atmosphre einer Gesellschaft am Abgrund fasst Marko einen Plan: Er wird den Tter zur Rechenschaft ziehen.
The powerful young adult novel about two boys forced to leave London after the second world war, and who take off on the run. Imagine you live in London immediately following the Second World War. Imagine you've been told to pack your bag, but not told where you're going. Or for how long. Imagine you are sent halfway across the world because someone thinks it will be better for you. This is what happened to Colin. This is his story. And Dougal's. Bernard Beckett's powerful novel Home Boys captures the world of two boys on the run. Two boys who need each other. Two boys in search of a place to belong. An exceptional story by an award-winning writer for young adults, as tender as it is brutal, as spirited as it is heartbreaking.
Philosophie trifft auf Hightech und Robotik: "e;Das neue Buch Genesis"e; ist ein fesselnder Science Fiction-Roman uber die Frage, ob nur der Mensch eine Seele haben kann. "e;Dies ist unsere Geschichte, wie man sie uns gelehrt hat. Das ist unsere Genesis."e;Ein Land, abgeschottet vom Rest der Welt, am Ende des 21. Jahrhunderts:Anax steht vor der Prfungskommission der Akademie. Fnf Stunden hat sie Zeit, um zu beweisen, dass sie wrdig ist, in diese mchtige Institution aufgenommen zu werden. Ihr Prfungsthema kennt sie so gut wie ihre eigene Geschichte: Adam Forde ist der Held ihrer Kindheit, der Mann, dessen Rebellion die Geschichte ihres Landes fr immer prgte. Doch Anax wei lngst nicht alles ber die Rolle, die Adam gespielt hat. Sie muss einsehen, dass die Geschichte, wie sie sie kennt, eine Lge ist. Und dass die Akademie nicht ist, was sie scheint.
Malcolm decides to make a documnetary about sex, and all sorts of hilarious and crazy things happen as a result in this YA novel by a NZ Post Book Award-winning author. The YA novel equivalent of a modern TV sit-com, Malcolm and Juiliet has moments of farce and slapstick, as a group of quirky teenagers is put in extraordinary situations (Malcom decides to make a documentary on sex), and then watched as they behave strangely and hilariously. Malcolm & Juliet, the sixth novel by the award-winning author of Genesis, is sharp, and full of smart one-liners, stretched situations, a cast of idiosyncratic characters, a 'sexy' theme and a minimum of description. Just like television!Beckett's novel not only tackles teenagers' main preoccupation, it undercuts, subverts and sends it up as well. Hilarious, with a marvellous sting in the tail.
Forty-eight hours in the lives of characters headed for a showdown, grippingly told by an award-winning novelist.It's election day in contemporary New Zealand. A young father confronts a teenage burglar. A psychologist's political stand threatens to see him driven from the university community. A staffroom argument flares up - does a playground fight warrant a student's expulsion? A young girl sets about mending her broken heart, a skinhead riot erupts, and Richard, the biology lecturer at the heart of this simmering forty-eight hours, must deal with the secret which compels them all, unknowingly, to the same conclusion. In Acid Song, an absorbing and darting novel, a varied cast of characters is linked by chance and circumstance. With a powerful, addictive intensity, award-winning writer Bernard Beckett composes a corrosive song of our times.
A bestselling YA thriller exploring death, revenge and morality. 'The challenge of the Coast to Coast was for the whole PE class to get itself from one side of the island to the other in under six days. "e;Where to?"e; "e;The bush,"e; I croaked. "e;Hide."e; We cut back to the right, down off the track, crashing through the undergrowth and sliding down steep slopes. After a couple of minutes we stumbled to a stop, pressed in close . we waited and listened, the others with their heads bursting with questions, mine spinning with answers I didn't want to believe. 'Marko surfaces from a drug-induced haze to find himself hidden from the world in a psychiatric ward. He is certain the 'Doctor' means to kill him, but he in turn has vengeful plans of his own. Who are these people and what happened to the others? Who can Marko trust and how much time does he have? Time enough to write it all down, his story of a coast to coast trip and the earthquake that ripped his world apart. A 'top-notch thriller'
Brilliant examination of evolution vs creationism and of Intelligent Design by an award-winning author.'What is consciousness? Is evolution compatible with traditional religion? Does time exist or is it just our way of ordering experiences? Could a machine ever think? What do scientists really mean when they call something a fact?' Modern science has unravelled the mystery of life, seen back to the dawn of time and peered down into the weird world of quantum mechanics. Small wonder then that people now look to science to answer the big metaphysical questions. In Falling for Science Bernard Beckett shows this instinct to be misguided. According to Beckett, the modern fashion for making scientists 'the High Priests of Everything' is mysticism in a lab coat. Here the author argues for a new model of scepticism, one which leaves scientists and story tellers to each get on with what they're best at. Beckett is a powerful, persuasive communicator who writes in the contemporary vein of popular science writers like Matt Ridley, Steven Pinker and Jared Diamond. With wit and not a little irreverence, Beckett offers a history of the ideas behind recent scientific development, and introduces the reader to arguments about the nature of consciousness, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence - and more. Brilliantly unsettling, Falling for Science is compulsively readable.
Explain to us why you wish to enter The Academy.Candidates for The Academy must endure a grueling entrance exam, and young Anaximander has chosen as her special subject the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. She begins by telling Fordes story:Late in the twenty-first century the island Republic has managed to survive a devastating worldwide plague by isolating its citizens completely from outside contact. For many years, approaching ships and planes are gunned down, refugees are shot on sight. No one is allowed in or out. The islanders are safe, but not free. Until a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the seaAnaximander, we have asked you to consider why it is you would like to join The Academy. Is your answer ready?To answer that deceptively simple question, Anaximander finds she must struggle with everything she has ever known about herself and her beloved Republics history. What is the nature of being human, of being conscious? What does it mean to have a soul? And when everything has been laid bare, she must confront The Republics last great secret, her own surprising link to Adam Forde, and the horrifying truth about her world.Genesis is a provocative novel of ideas that forces us to contemplate the very essence of what it means to be human. You will want to finish it in one sitting, and you will want to listen to it again and again.
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