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Patrick Ness - Author

About the Author

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California.

His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American and hated your cable company, he probably wrote you a letter of apology.

He got his first story published in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on his first novel when he moved to London in 1999. He's lived here ever since. Sometimes he teaches creative writing but mostly he tries to write 1,000 words a day, 'come hell or high water'.

In May 2008, he published The Knife of Never Letting Go, his first book for young adults. It won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize and he hasn't looked back since. Click here to read a Q&A with Patrick.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Patrick Ness

1. He has a tattoo of a rhinoceros.
2. He has run two marathons.
3. He is a certified scuba diver.
4. He wrote a radio comedy about vampires.
5. He has never been to New York City but...
6. He has been to Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo.
7. He got accepted into film school but turned it down to study writing.
8. He was a goth as a teenager (well, as much of a goth as you could be in Tacoma, Washington and still have to go to church every Sunday).
9. He is no longer a goth.
10. Under no circumstances will he eat onions.

Author photo © Helen Giles

Featured books by Patrick Ness

The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

The extraordinary happens everyday. One night, George Duncan is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly away, his life is transformed. The next day, a beautiful woman called Kumiko walks into his shop and begins to tell him the most extraordinary story. Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.

Other books by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls (School Edition)

A Monster Calls (School Edition)

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2019

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. In a unique pairing of Carnegie Medal winners, Patrick Ness spins an extraordinarily moving tale of love, loss and hope from the final idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. This moving novel is brought to life with extraordinary award-winning illustrations from Jim Kay, which add an extra dimension to the story. What are the key themes? The key themes running through the book are family, death, truth, suffering, isolation and coming to terms with loss. Book Review 'Pearson's New Windmills collection brings together an incredible range of titles that teachers can trust, ideal for KS3, GCSE and beyond. From October 2014, Patrick Ness' extraordinarily powerful novel about a teenager struggling to deal with his mother's terminal illness will be added to the list; along with teacher support materials underpinned by the University of Exeter's Grammar for Writing pedagogy, and back of book comprehension activities. Based on an original idea by the author Siobhan Dowd, who died before she could write the story, A Monster Calls is bleakly beautiful, unflinchingly honest and utterly compelling. A tumbling, ragged storm of intense, chaotic emotions is masterfully contained within Ness' unflinching prose, and Jim Kay's illustration are hauntingly atmospheric. Short chapters and contemporary language help to ensure the text is accessible as possible, despite touching on themes with the potential to stretch the creative and critical thinking skills of your most able students.' www.teachsecondary.com

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2018

From the multi-award-winning author of A Monster Calls comes a haunting tale of power and obsession that turns the story of Moby Dick upside down. Call me Bathsheba. The whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men.

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2018

This special collector's edition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the award-winning novel. Imagine you're the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit in with their plans... Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run... The special collector's edition of this unflinching novel about fear, flight and the terrifying path of self-discovery celebrates the tenth anniversary of Chaos Walking and is a must for Patrick Ness fans.

Release

Release

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 04/05/2017

The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls.The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...

Pe viata si pe moarte. Al doilea volum din trilogia Pe taramul haosului

Pe viata si pe moarte. Al doilea volum din trilogia Pe taramul haosului

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2016

COSTA Children's Book Award2008 Guardian Children's Fiction PrizeAl doilea volum din Trilogia Pe tA rmul haosuluiAl doilea volum al Trilogiei este o poveste pasionantA , E ocantA E i profund tulburA toare despre rezistenE a n cele mai grele condiE ii.Fugind din calea unei armate necruE A toare, Todd a dus-o pe Viola, grav rA nitA , direct n minile celui mai mare duE man al lor, Primarul Prentiss. DespA rE it pe loc de Viola E i ntemniE at, Todd e obligat sA nveE e regulile noii ordini a Primarului.Dar ce lucruri misterioase pndesc chiar n preajma oraE ului?E i unde e Viola? Mai este ea n viaE A ?E i cine se ascunde n spatele Ripostei?Iar apoi, ntr-o zi, totul scapA de sub controlUn roman alert, plin de acE iune, care exploreazA diverse teme, precum loialitatea, manipularea, ambiguitatea moralA E i violenE a, dar n care se simte mereu dorinE a de dragoste E i izbA vire. O lecturA obligatorie pentru fani. "e;-Ness e n acelaE i timp accesibil E i sofisticat, abordnd subiecte serioase - terorismul, feminismul, genocidul, iubirea - ntr-un stil inconfundabil. O carte de citit pe nerA suflate."e; - Sunday TimesOriginal E i plin de suspans."e;

Vocea pumnalului. Primul volum al trilogiei Pe taramul haosului

Vocea pumnalului. Primul volum al trilogiei Pe taramul haosului

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

Nominalizat la Carnegie Award 2009, castigator al Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008, James Tiptree Junior Award si Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.Todd Hewitt e ultimul bA iat din Prentisstown, un oraE mai puE in obiE nuit. Oamenii pot auzi ce gndesc ceilalE i. Tot timpul. ViaE a lor se desfA E oarA ntr-un copleE itor E i nencetat Vacarm; nu existA intimitate, nici secrete.Chiar cu o lunA nainte de a mplini 13 ani, datA la care ar urma sA devinA bA rbat, Todd descoperA ntmplA tor un loc liniE tit. FA rA Vacarm. nsA un asemenea loc nu poate exista! nseamnA cA locuitorii din Prentisstown l-au minE it.E i acum va trebui sA fugA ca sA se salveze de la moarte...Dar unde sA fugi dacA cei care te urmA resc pot auzi TOT ce gndeE ti?Un roman n tradiE ia Aventurilor lui Huckleberry Finn E i a capodoperei De veghe n lanul de secarA , despre un adolescent care fuge, mpreunA cu cinele sA u vorbitor, Manchee, spre o lume normalA . Chiar dacA asta nseamnA sA meargA pnA la capA tul lumii... E i mai departe.Ness e un scriitor foarte nzestrat, de o imprevizibilitate care-E i dA fiori. - The TimesSfrE itul plin de suspans are efectul unui glonE tras direct n stomac. - BooklistUn roman care curge ntr-un ritm furios, nspA imntA tor, captivant E i, uneori, sfE ietor. Este o carte care-E i bntuie imaginaE ia. -Sunday TelegraphNu existA nimic pe lumea asta n afarA de Vacarm, nimic altceva dect gndurile permanente ale oamenilor E i toate lucrurile venind la tine E i la tine E i la tine, din clipa n care spacE ii au dat drumul virusului Vacarmului n timpul rA zboiului, un virus care-a ucis jumA tate din bA rbaE i E i toate femeile, inclusiv pe mama mea, un virus care i-a nnebunit pe restul bA rbaE ilor E i care a nsemnat sfrE itul pentru tot neamul spacE ilor n momentul cnd oamenii, n nebunia lor, au ridicat armele."e;

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2015

Rest of Us Just Live Here

Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2015

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions... An exceptional novel from the author praised by John Green as "e;an insanely beautiful writer"e;.

Crane Wife

Crane Wife

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 23/01/2014

A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard.George Duncan is an American living and working in London. At forty-eight, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and lonelier than he realizes. All of the women with whom he has relationships eventually leave him for being too nice. But one night he is woken by an astonishing sounda terrific keening, which is coming from somewhere in his garden. When he investigates he finds a great white crane, a bird taller than even himself. It has been shot through the wing with an arrow. Moved more than he can say, George struggles to take out the arrow from the bird's wing, saving its life before it flies away into the night sky.The next morning, a shaken George tries to go about his daily life, retreating to the back of his store and making cuttings from discarded booksa harmless, personal hobbywhen through the front door of the shop a woman walks in. Her name is Kumiko, and she asks George to help her with her own artwork. George is dumbstruck by her beauty and her enigmatic nature, and begins to fall desperately in love with her. She seems to hold the potential to change his entire life, if he could only get her to reveal the secret of who she is and why she has brought her artwork to him.Witty, magical, and romantic, The Crane Wife is a story of passion and sacrifice, that resonates on the level of dream and myth. It is a novel that celebrates the creative imagination, and the disruptive power of love.

More Than This

More Than This

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 26/11/2013

From the acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls comes one of the most provocative teen novels of our time.A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is this possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust.Whats going on? Is it real? Or has he woken up in his own personal hell? Seth begins to search for answers, hoping desperately that there must be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

In 1945, a strange new craze for Truth Tellers is sweeping the kids of small-town America. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa soon arrive to investigate the phenomenon, only to discover that the actual truth behind the Truth Tellers is far more sinister than anyone could have imagined...Author Patrick Ness puts his own unique spin on the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and time-travelling adventures.

More Than This

More Than This

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2013

From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life - or perhaps afterlife - of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he is here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned. What's going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this...

Doctor Who: Tip Of The Tongue

Doctor Who: Tip Of The Tongue

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 23/05/2013

In 1945, a strange new craze for Truth Tellers is sweeping the kids of small-town America. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa soon arrive to investigate the phenomenon, only to discover that the actual truth behind the Truth Tellers is far more sinister than anyone could have imagined... Author Patrick Ness puts his own unique spin on the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and time-travelling adventures.

Knife of Never Letting Go

Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2013

A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy.Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he's going to have to run... This new edition marks the 10th anniversary of the award-winning modern classic, soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

Ask and the Answer

Ask and the Answer

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2013

A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy.Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd and Viola once again face their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately imprisoned and separated from Viola, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode... This new edition marks the 10th anniversary of the Chaos Walking trilogy, soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

Monsters of Men

Monsters of Men

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2013

A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy.Three armies march on New Prentisstown. The New World is at war. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. How can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? This new edition marks the 10th anniversary of the award-winning modern classic, soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

Monster Calls

Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2012

An extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss.The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

The bestselling novel and major film about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness. The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... This monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

Monster Calls

Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 24/11/2011

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

Monster Calls

Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2011

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.But it isnt the monster Conors been expecting. Hes been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare hes had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming....This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.Compelling...powerful and impressive. Philip Pullman, author of the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogyExceptional...this is storytelling as it should beharrowing, lyrical, and transcendent. Meg Rosoff, author of the Printz Awardwinning novel How I Live NowBrilliant and elegant, with all the thrills and ambition you would expect from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning author of Millions and CosmicHaunting, lyrical, powerful, and true. Patrick Ness has crafted a masterful story about grief and loss, love and hope that lingers in the heart like a ghost. Libba Bray, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Going Bovine

Knife Of Never Letting Go

Knife Of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2010

Imagine you're the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit in with their plans... Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run...

Ask and the Answer

Ask and the Answer

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2010

Part two of the literary sci-fi thriller follows a boy and a girl who are caught in a warring town where thoughts can be heardand secrets are never safe.Reaching the end of their flight in The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, while Todd faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayors oppressive new regime. In alternating narratives the two struggle to reconcile their own dubious actions with their deepest beliefs. Torn by confusion and compromise, suspicion and betrayal, can their trust in each other possibly survive?

Knife of Never Letting Go

Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2010

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from himsomething so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, listeners are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.Contains Bonus Short Story "e;The New World"e;

Monsters of Men

Monsters of Men

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2010

In the riveting conclusion to the acclaimed dystopian series, a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world.As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption, or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.

Knife of Never Letting Go

Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2010

An unflinching novel about the impossible choices of growing up, by an award-winning writer.Imagine you're the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit in with their plans... Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run...

Ask and the Answer

Ask and the Answer

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2010

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode... The Ask and the Answer is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure.

Monsters of Men

Monsters of Men

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2010

"e;War,"e; says the Mayor. "e;At last."e;Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others.Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape.As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await?But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge...The electrifying finale to the award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.

The Crash of Hennington

The Crash of Hennington

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2008

Love is political, obsessive and utterly strange in the first novel from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and new novel `More Than This'. Love is political, obsessive and utterly strange in the first novel from the award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy, `A Monster Calls' and and new novel `More Than This'. Welcome to the seaside metropolis of Hennington, where a mysterious herd of rhinoceros has wandered city streets for so long it's become a civic feature, where the current mayor first met her husband on a nude beach, and where Jon Noth has returned after four decades to reclaim a lost love. Unfortunately for him, that lost love is Cora Larsson, long-time mayor of Hennington, happily (and flexibly) married - and still not interested ...

The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

The extraordinary happens everyday. One night, George Duncan is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly away, his life is transformed. The next day, a beautiful woman called Kumiko walks into his shop and begins to tell him the most extraordinary story. Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.