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Both Eoin Colfer’s parents were teachers and young Eoin was taught by his dad Billy at Wexford’s Christian Brothers primary. Eoin remembers his dad’s presence in school as “witty…[he] made school fun.” Colfer junior’s first attempt at serious writing came in the sixth grade. “I wrote a play for the class about Norse Gods. Everyone died in the end except me.”
Eoin followed in his parents’ footsteps and trained to be a teacher but his writing didn't stop and his first book, Benny and Omar, appeared in 1999 and instantly achieved bestselling status in Ireland. Eoin's most famous books are the incomparable Artemis Fowl series but he has written some excellent one off novels such as The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT EOIN COLFER...
“Wildly original… and you thought fairy stories were just for kids.”
T2 (The Telegraph) on Artemis Fowl
“It’s a highly original adventure story with an action-packed plot which twists and turns right to the end – a kind of William Gibson meets the Hobbit/Irish Legends. It has all the right ingredients.” Marc Lambert, Children’s Programme Director at the Edinburgh Festival on Artemis Fowl
“Make sure you buy it!” Denise Van Outen, Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast on Artemis Fowl
This high-octane, smart, whip-sharp novel is one heck of a reality and fantasy clash. It perhaps shouldn’t work, but it does, it really really does and has popped itself on my list of favourite reads. Meet Vern, he is currently hiding out in a Louisiana swamp, he doesn’t trust anyone, loves his vodka, has a thing for Flashdance, oh, and he’s a dragon. Having lived a few thousand years he really doesn’t need the escalating feud between Squib Moreau and crooked Officer Hooke to spoil his peace and quiet. This is the first novel for adults from the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer. I feel as though Highfire has been waiting for me, to welcome it to my bookshelves. The balance between the different genres is beautifully done. Different emotions skittered through me as I read, there’s violence aplenty, and some wicked smirks waiting to be found too. Highly entertaining and exciting, Highfire is my kind of book, in fact if you could marry books, I’d be Mrs Highfire in no time!
The superb follow-up to Eoin Colfer's highly acclaimed adult cime debut PLUGGED featuring Irish ex-army sergeant Dan McEvoy, written with the warmth and wit that make his Artemis Fowl novels so irresistible.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 5 May 2011. Bestselling master criminal Artemis Fowl is back for another thrilling adventure. But, is he the same? Now fifteen, Artemis seems older and wiser and he is determined to save the world from global warming. Gathering the leaders of the fairy world to a conference in Iceland he sets out his plan…and, for once, he doesn’t seem to be double dealing. Can the fairies really trust him? Holly Short has her suspicions. Can she save Artemis from the Atlantis complex? Another roller coaster fantasy from master storyteller, Eoin Colfer.
June 2010 Book of the Month. Eoin Colfer takes up the Douglas Adams mantle and writes the next instalment in the Hitchhiker's saga. As an author who writes his own weird and wonderful stories he is ably qualified to carry on in the footsteps of Adams and we don’t think fans of the series will be disappointed. And Another Thing, the 6th book in the Hitchhiker’s trilogy, or rather ‘double trilogy’ as it has now become, has been written by the brilliantly funny Eoin Colfer, international number-one bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl novels. Colfer is not unaccustomed to strange going-ons and far-fetched story-lines with his celebrated Artemis Fowl novels. The widow of Douglas Adams, Jane Belson said of Eoin Colfer, “I love his books and could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod and Marvin to pastures new.” Eoin Colfer has been a fan of Hitchhiker since his schooldays. “I have decided to embark on a very different project. Something unique that I hope will interest you as much as it does me. I have written the official 6th book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series. Most of you have probably already read Douglas Adams’ insanely brilliant space series. If you haven’t then you don’t know funny. Take it from me, the Hitchhiker books are bar none the funniest sci-fi books ever written. People have laughed so much reading Hitchhikers that they have had to have organs removed. One guy in France popped an eyeball. I kid you not. So, what’s it all about, this Hitchhikers, I hear you cry. Actually I don’t hear you, if I did I would be sitting outside in your driveway, which would be a bit freaky and show how few friends I have. What’s it all about, this Hitchhikers, I imagine you cry. It’s about Arthur Dent, one of the last humans left alive after the Earth has been destroyed by the remorseless Vogons. Arthur manages to hitch a ride on a spaceship and go planet hopping with his friends Ford Prefect, the Betelgeusean journalist. Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two headed president of the galaxy, pirate and worst dressed man in the universe. And Marvin, the paranoid android. All this hitching and adventuring went on for five books and then Douglas Adams passed away before he could write book six. Hitchhiker has been heard on radio, seen on tv and enjoyed on the cinema screen, there was even a musical version. But the story could never end, until now. I am going to continue on where Douglas left off. Unfortunately for me, he left off on rather a large cliffhanger. Everyone was dead. Which means I have rather a large challenge ahead of me, but it is one I am looking forward to. It will be called And Another Thing. And I really hope you will board the spaceship with me so we can travel through Douglas Adams’ hilarious galaxy together.”
'I love the voice. I love the dark streets. I love the story.' Harlan Coben Dan, an Irishman who's ended up in New Jersey, finds himself embroiled in a world of murder, kidnapping and corrupt cops. Dan works as a bouncer in a seedy club, half in love with hostess Connie. When Connie is murdered on the premises, a vengeful Dan finds himself embroiled in an increasingly deadly sequence of events in which his doctor friend Zeb goes mysteriously missing, a cop-killing female cop becomes his only ally, and he makes an enemy of ruthless drug-dealer Mike Madden. Written with the warmth and wit that make the Artemis Fowl novels so irresistible, though with additional torture and violence, PLUGGED is a brilliant crime debut from a naturally gifted writer with a huge fanbase.
Twins Myles and Beckett, Artemis Fowl's younger brothers, return in their third and most outrageous adventure yet. For almost two years, Lord Teddy Bleedham-Drye has been plotting revenge against the Fowl Twins, who humiliated him in book one. Teddy plans to give them exactly what they deserve: permanent death. He threatens Myles with his weaponized jet and Beckett and Specialist Lazuli succeed in disarming the aircraft and causing an accident that kills Lord Teddy. But does it really? Clones, fairy magic and criminal masterminds come together in this ultimate and ridiculous showdown between the twins and their worst enemy.
Anna Liza likes to help cheer up her mother's psychiatric patients with her 17 top knock-knock jokes and cheerful songs, but when she meets Edward, she hits a brick wall. Edward's dad is so sad since his mum left; he says his life isn't going anywhere any more. Anna Liza has a plan to get him on the move again, if only she can manage to evade her mother's attention long enough ... A thoughtful and playful story of empathy and kindness from global bestseller Eoin Colfer, particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+.
The second book in the blockbusting new series from the bestselling author of Artemis Fowl. The second Fowl Twins adventure starts with a bang - literally. Artemis's little brothers Myles and Beckett borrow the Fowl jet without permission, and it ends up as a fireball over Florida. The twins plus their fairy minder, the pixie-elf hybrid Lazuli Heitz, are lucky to escape with their lives. The Fowl parents and fairy police force decide that enough is enough and the twins are placed under house arrest. But Myles has questions, like: who was tracking the Fowl jet? Why would someone want to blow them out of the sky? These questions must infuriate someone, because Myles is abducted and spirited away from his twin. Now Beckett and Lazuli must collaborate to find Myles and rescue him - not easy when it was Myles who was the brains of the operation. Their chase will take them across continents, deep underground, and into subaquatic super villain lairs. They will be shot at, covered in spit, and at the receiving end of some quite nasty dwarf sarcasm. But will Beckett be able to come up with a genius plan without a genius on hand...?
Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary. Visit the Penguin Readers website Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys. Artemis Fowl is twelve years old and he is a clever and dangerous criminal. He discovers that fairies have gold - a lot of gold - and he wants some of it. But these fairies are not the fairies you read about in children's books. They are not sweet and friendly. They have guns, and they are ready to fight.
Criminal genius runs in the family... Myles and Beckett Fowl are twins but the two boys are wildly different. Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is impeccably neat, has an IQ of 170, and 3D prints a fresh suit every day - just like his older brother, Artemis Fowl. A week after their eleventh birthday the twins are left in the care of house security system, NANNI, for a single night. In that time, they befriend a troll on the run from a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun both of whom need the magical creature for their own gain . . . Prepare for an epic adventure in which The Fowl Twins and their new troll friend escape, get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened, killed (temporarily) . . . and discover that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged by covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, but the one that exists between a pair of twins. The first book in the blockbusting new series from global bestseller Eoin Colfer.
*New special film edition - includes photos of the film, an introduction from director Kenneth Branagh and a note from Eoin Colfer himself* Movie available from June 12th only on Disney+ Join the world of Artemis Fowl, the number one bestseller by Eoin Colfer. Rumour has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century. Just twelve years old and already he's a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping. Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise. Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous - and extremely high-tech - fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war? Let the misadventure begin. 'Fast-paced, tongue in cheek . . . laugh-out-loud' - Sunday Times 'A huge hit' - The Guardian 'Artemis is a brilliant creation' - Anthony Horowitz ***Winner of the WHSmith Children's Book of the Year Award and Children's Book of the Year at the Children's Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.***
'A joyous fantasy for grownups' Guardian 'A funny, offbeat adult fantasy novel' Independent 'A dazzling first adult novel from bestselling children's author Colfer' Daily Mail Highfire is a genre-bending tour-de-force of comedy and action by the million-copy-selling master storyteller. Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way - like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton of debt, or when crooked Constable Regence Hooke got to thinking pretty Elodie Moreau was just the gal for him . . . An apprenticeship with the local moonshine runner, servicing the bayou, looks like the only way to pay off the family debts and maybe get Squib and his momma a place in town, far from Constable Hooke's unwanted courtship and Fake Daddy's reputation. Unfortunately for Squib, Hooke has his own eye on that very same stretch of bayou - and neither of them have taken into account the fire-breathing dragon hiding out in the Louisiana swamp . . . For Squib Moreau, Regence Hooke and Vern, aka Lord Highfire of Highfire Eyrie, life is never going to be the same again. 'Told in crunchy prose, with lashings of earthy dialogue, it reads like an Elmore Leonard Thriller, but with dragons . . . Colfer clearly had a blast writing this, and his sheer storytelling panache brushes aside the quibbles of fantasy-genre agnostics with infectious glee' Mail on Sunday From the internationally bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series: Eoin Colfer's first adult fantasy novel is a hilarious, high-octane adventure about a vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who's been hiding out from the world - and potential torch-carrying mobs - in a Louisiana bayou . . . until his peaceful world's turned upside down by a well-intentioned but wild Cajun tearaway and the crooked (and heavily armed) law officer who wants him dead.
Mariella loves nothing more than inventing but bedtime keeps getting in the way of all her brilliant ideas! So when Mum and Dad won't take no for an answer there's only one thing for it... Mariella has to build a rocket-powered flying suit to zap her round the world faster than the setting sun! If anyone can outsmart sleep it's Mariella. But everyone needs sleep and without it all of Mariella's brilliant ideas might just disappear. A how to live a happy life tale told with humour, warmth and a loveable female protagonist.
Poka Artemis Faul spasal demonov na Gibrase, zhizn' u nego doma shla svoim cheredom. Po vozvrashchenii yunyj genij obnaruzhil, chto za tri goda otsutstviya obzavelsya dvumya bratcami-bliznecami. Roditeli schastlivy snova obresti syna, odnako semejnaya idilliya dlitsya nedolgo: mat' Artemisa tyazhelo zabolevaet. Vyyasnyaetsya, chto ehto redchajshij sluchaj charotropii - strashnoj bolezni, kotoraya neskol'ko let nazad edva ne pogubila ves' volshebnyj narodec. No chtoby chelovek zarazilsya charotropiej - ehto prosto neslyhanno! Ved' bolezn' peredaetsya s pomoshch'yu magii. Veroyatno, smertonosnyj virus mutiroval, i esli ne ostanovit' ego sejchas, opasnost' grozit ne tol'ko volshebnomu narodcu, no i vsemu chelovechestvu. A dlya ehtogo nuzhno vsego-navsego sgonyat' v proshloe i vozrodit' vymershij vid lemurov, kotorye obladayut celebnymi svojstvami. No kto skazal, chto Artemis Faul ne spravitsya? V konce koncov, na konu stoit zhizn' ego materi, kotoroj ostalos' zhit' ne bolee sutok...
Demony - ehto vos'maya vetv' volshebnogo narodca. Nado skazat', ochen' neobychnye sozdaniya. Vyhodcy s Luny, oni zhivut na ostrove, kotoryj desyat' tysyach let nazad s pomoshch'yu ochen' sil'noj magii byl vyveden za predely real'nogo vremeni. Na Zemle o demonah uzhe i dumat' zabyli, a tut nezhdanno-negadanno odin iz nih ob"e;yavlyaetsya posredi Barselony i pytaetsya uvoloch' Artemisa Faula v drugoe izmerenie. Pravda, i Artemis ne sovsem sluchajno okazalsya na meste materializacii demona. Ochen' uzh skuchno zubrit' geometriyu posle togo, kak spasesh' mir. Poehtomu yunyj genij nachal ponemnozhku izuchat' problemu demonov i prishel k vyvodu, chto vskore ih ostrov so vsemi obitatelyami budet vybroshen v nashe izmerenie. Volshebnomu narodcu takoe svetoprestavlenie tochno ni k chemu, i Artemis polon reshimosti pomoch' starym druz'yam s Nizhnih Urovnej. Odnako, kak vyyasnilos', on ne edinstvennyj vershok, interesuyushchijsya demonami. V koi veki emu vstretilas' dostojnaya sopernica...
Glavnyj vrag policii Nizhnih Urovnej na svobode. Tekhnologicheskij genij, sozdatel'nica znamenityh laboratorij i organizator goblinskogo myatezha Opal Koboj vyshla iz iskusstvennoj komy i bezhala iz kliniki. Koboj stremitsya svergnut' Podzemnuyu policiyu i sdelat'sya povelitel'nicej volshebnogo narodca. Ona uzhe probovala zahvatit' vlast', no tut tak nekstati vstryal ehtot vershok, Artemis Faul. Teper' zhe Koboj pridumala plan pohitree: ona raskroet lyudyam tajnu volshebnogo narodca, i mirovoe gospodstvo u nee v karmane. I Artemis Faul zhestoko poplatitsya za to, chto kogda-to vstal na puti u Opal Koboj. Artemisu mezhdu tem sterli pamyat'. On voobshche ne pomnit, kto takaya Opal Koboj, da i vse ehti ehl'fy, kentavry i gnomy. Teper' yunomu geniyu grozit smertel'naya opasnost', esli tol'ko ne vmeshaetsya ego staraya, a nyne pozabytaya priyatel'nica EHlfi Maloj
Artemis Faul gotovitsya osushchestvit' svoj poslednij zamysel. Ego otec vyzdoravlivaet posle dvuhletnego plena i vot-vot voz'met na sebya funkcii glavy semejstva. A mat' polna reshimosti nastavit' muzha i syna na put' istinnyj. Tak chto, pohozhe, blistatel'nym avantyuram Artemisa prishel konec. Ostalos' provernut' vsego odnu - vytryasti tonnu zolota iz amerikanskogo milliardera. Za chto? Da za to, chto Artemis ne vypustit na rynok odnu veshchicu, kotoraya vmig razorit ego komp'yuternoe proizvodstvo. Delo, kazalos' by, plevoe, no s samogo nachala vse poshlo ne po planu. Bednyaga Dvorecki... Teper' pomoch' emu smozhet tol'ko volshebnyj narodec. K tomu zhe, iz-za neudavshejsya avantyury Artemisa, na Nizhnim Urovnyam grozyat novye napasti. YUnomu Faulu i kapitanu EHlfi Maloj vnov' predstoit dejstvovat' bok o bok - nu chto zh, im ne privykat'!
rinadcatiletnij Artemis neozhidanno poluchaet izvestie ot otca, kotorogo vse davno schitayut pogibshim. YUnyj naslednik semejstva Faul brosaetsya po sledu, polnyj reshimosti vyrvat' otca iz ruk pohititelej. V takom dele ne pomeshaet nadezhnyj soyuznik, vooruzhennyj vysokimi tekhnologiyami i magiej. Ne obratit'sya li za pomoshch'yu k volshebnomu narodcu?Na volshebnyj narodec tem vremenem nagonyaet strah banda goblinov - oni pol'zuyutsya zapreshchennym oruzhiem i, chto eshche huzhe, nezakonno vedut torgovlyu s lyud'mi. Pravda, dlya goblinov-tugodumov oni dejstvuyut slishkom uzh raschetlivo i hitroumno - vpolne vozmozhno, u bandy imeetsya tajnyj rukovoditel'. Ugroza opasnee, chem kazhetsya na pervyj vzglyad, i za rassledovanie berutsya oficery Korpusa Osobogo Naznacheniya. Kapitanu Maloj i majoru Krutu ochen' kstati prishelsya by v kachestve partnera yunyj genij iz mira lyudej. Puti Artemisa Faula i volshebnogo narodca snova peresekayutsya, no, mozhet stat'sya, v ehtot raz byvshim protivnikam suzhdeno srazit'sya s obshchim vragom
Tony Stark is known throughout the world as many things: billionaire, inventor, Avenger. But mainly for being the Invincible Iron Man.Just when Tony is about to add his pizzazz to an international eco-summit in Ireland, someone close to him forces him to question his role in making the world a more dangerous place with his high-tech weaponry. But Stark doesn't have much time to reflect before an old enemy presents him with an even greater challenge: the assassination of all the eco-ministers, and Iron Man himself. Just how invincible Iron Man is when he is stripped of everything remains to be seen in this breathless adventure by the bestselling author of Artemis Fowl.From the Compact Disc edition.
WINNER OF CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR, IRISH BOOK AWARDS An extraordinary collaboration between Irish Children's Laureate, Eoin Colfer, and picture book superstar, Oliver Jeffers! Sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one. An imaginary friend like Fred... Fred floated like a feather in the wind until a lonely little boy wished for him and found a friendship like no other. The perfect chemistry between Eoin Colfer's text and Oliver Jeffer's artwork make for a dazzlingly original colour gift book.