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Moira Young - Author

About the Author

Moira Young was born in New Westminster, BC, on the west coast of Canada, to a business man father and a primary teacher mother. She has two younger sisters and all her immediate and extended family live in the Vancouver area.

 

Moira graduated from high school in Winnipeg, and from University of British Columbia with a history degree. She moved to the UK to attend The Drama Studio in 1983/4. She gained her Equity card performing with Fancy Goods on the alternative comedy circuit in the mid-80s when highlights included being pelted with fruit and vegetables by the audience at the infamous Tunnel Club and being hissed off the stage at the Lewisham Labour Club...  She became a tap-dancing chorus girl in London’s West End, appearing in High Society at the Victoria Palace directed by Richard Eyre.

 

From 1988 – 1992, Moira lived back in Vancouver, where she retrained as an opera singer and was winner of the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, Western Canada in 1991. In 1992, she moved back to the UK to continue vocal studies and work in opera, where she sang in most London venues and also toured in the UK and France with Travelling Opera. Her solo concerts include St Martin’s-in-the-Fields and the National Portrait Gallery.

 

Moira’s first ambition was always to be a writer. She wrote her first book aged 9 entitled ‘The Heirloom Mystery’. Shortly after that, she was bitten by the theatre bug and didn’t take up writing again until 2003 when she enrolled on Elizabeth Hawkins’ Writing for Children course and workshop at the City Lit (2003-2005). She hasn’t stopped writing since. Moira now lives in Bath with her husband.

Featured books by Moira Young

Other books by Moira Young

Ein Engel fur Miss Flint

Ein Engel fur Miss Flint

Author: Moira Young Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2017

Davy David, ein 13-jahriger Waisenjunge, lebt in Brownvale, einer Stadt der harten Herzen, die von einem strengen Pastor beherrscht wird. Davy ist kunstlerisch begabt und liebt es, heimlich Renaissance-Engel in den Staub auf Straen und Hofen zu zeichnen. Er ist allein, abgesehen von einem kleinen Hund, der ihm uberall hin folgt, jobbt und verbringt viel Zeit in der Bucherei, um sich Anregungen fur seine Engelbilder zu holen. Eines Tages begegnet er einer alteren Dame, die einen besonderen Auftrag fur ihn hat: Er soll sie mit ihrem alten Auto zu ihrem Elternhaus fahren, wo sie am ersten Weihnachtsfeiertag zu sterben gedenkt. Und so brechen Davy, der Hund und Miss Flint zu einer unvergesslichen Reise auf.

The Road To Ever After

The Road To Ever After

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy's life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adventure before her time is up and hires the reluctant Davy and George to escort her. The Road to Ever After by Moira young is a magical adventure about an unlikely friendship and an unforgettable journey.

Raging Star

Raging Star

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Loyalty and betrayal. Lovers and enemies. The final installment in the heart-stopping DUSTLANDS trilogy, which began with the Costa Award-winning BLOOD RED ROAD and continued with REBEL HEART. Saba doesn't know who she is any more. Her encounter with DeMalo leaves her drawn to the man she knows should be her enemy. She has no choice but to continue to lead the fight against him. Saba knows the price of violence. She has lost too much in thequest for freedom. Now she must decide if it's worth the fight.

The Road To Ever After

The Road To Ever After

Author: Moira Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy's life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adventure before her time is up and hires the reluctant Davy and George to escort her. A magical adventure about an unlikely friendship and an unforgettable journey.

Dustlands - Der Blutmond

Dustlands - Der Blutmond

Author: Moira Young Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2015

***Sabas letzter Kampf***NICHTS IST GEWISS UND NIEMAND IST SICHER IM HERZSCHLAGFINALE DIESER PREISGEKRONTEN ENDZEITFANTASYSaba ist bereit, ihr Schicksal in die Hand zu nehmen und DeMalo und seine Soldaten zu schlagen. Bis sie ihm begegnet und er mit seiner verfuhrerischen Vision von New Eden, einer geheilten Erde, alle ihre Erwartungen unterlauft. DeMalo will, dass Saba ihn begleitet, im Leben und bei seinem Werk, eine gesunde, stabile, nachhaltige Welt zu erschaffen - fur die wenigen Auswerwahlten. Jacks Entscheidung ist klar: DeMalo zu bekampfen und New Eden aufzuhalten. Saba verpflichtet sich diesem Kampf, immer noch unsicher, und ihre Verbindung mit DeMalo bleibt ihr Geheimnis. Gemeinsam mit ihrem Bruder Lugh, der auf ein Stuck Land in New Eden hofft, fuhrt Saba eine unerfahrene Rebellengruppe in den Kampf gegen den machtigen und charismatischen DeMalo mit seinen Siedlern und Soldaten. Welche Chance haben sie? Saba muss handeln. Und willens sein, den Preis zu zahlen.

Raging Star

Raging Star

Author: Moira Young Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2014

A Simon & Schuster audiobook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every listener.

Raging Star

Raging Star

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Loyalty and betrayal. Lovers and enemies. The final installment in the heart-stopping DUSTLANDS trilogy, which began with the Costa Award-winning BLOOD RED ROAD and continued with REBEL HEART. Saba doesn't know who she is any more. Her encounter with DeMalo leaves her drawn to the man she knows should be her enemy. She has no choice but to continue to lead the fight against him. Saba knows the price of violence. She has lost too much in the quest for freedom. Now she must decide if it's worth the fight.

Dustlands - Der Herzstein

Dustlands - Der Herzstein

Author: Moira Young Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2014

***SIE NENNEN MICH DEN TODESENGEL. WEIL ICH NOCH NIE EINEN KAMPF VERLOREN HABE.***Sabas Zwillingsbruder wird von Soldaten verschleppt. Sie schwort, ihn zu finden und zu befreien. Mit dem Mut der Verzweiflung macht sie sich auf einen Weg voller Gefahren, Gewalt und Verrat. Sie kann niemandem vertrauen - auch nicht dem Mann, der ihr das Leben rettet.Der erste Band einer epischen Endzeit-Fantasy, eine Geschichte, die dein Herz schneller schlagen lasst.

Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Danger. Betrayal. Destiny. Passion. The superb sequel to BLOOD RED ROAD, winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2011. Saba has rescued her kidnapped brother and defeated the fanatical Tonton. But the price to be paid for her violent victory is terrible. Jack has disappeared - and can no longer be trusted. A new and formidable enemy is on the rise in the dustlands. No one is safe. And Saba must confront the terrible secret hidden in the darkest depths of her soul.

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2011. I ain't afeared of nuthin. Saba's twin is golden. She is his living shadow. He is strong and beautiful. She is scrawny and dark. Nothing will separate them... Raised in isolated Silverlake, Saba is ignorant of the harsh and violent world beyond her home. But when her twin is snatched by black-robed riders, red rage fills her soul. How will Saba find him in a wild, scorching and lawless land? Racing across the cruel dustlands to find him, she can spare no one. Not even the boy who saves her life. She must silence her heart to survive. Blood will spill. Every step of Saba's journey sizzles with danger in this futuristic thriller, which beats with a powerful, red-blooded heart. A shot of pure adrenalin. Exuberant, exciting and charged with emotion... If a better book for teenagers is published this year, I'll be surprised. The Times Has an elemental power, unfolding across achingly barren landscapes, full of blistering hotwinds and swirling clouds of orange dust. New York Times

Dustlands - Die Entfuhrung

Dustlands - Die Entfuhrung

Author: Moira Young Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2011

***SIE NENNEN MICH DEN TODESENGEL. WEIL ICH NOCH NIE EINEN KAMPF VERLOREN HABE.***Sabas Zwillingsbruder wird von Soldaten verschleppt. Sie schwort, ihn zu finden und zu befreien. Mit dem Mut der Verzweiflung macht sie sich auf einen Weg voller Gefahren, Gewalt und Verrat. Sie kann niemandem vertrauen - auch nicht dem Mann, der ihr das Leben rettet.Der erste Band einer epischen Endzeit-Fantasy, eine Geschichte, die dein Herz schneller schlagen lasst.

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road

Author: Moira Young Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2011

A girl goes on an epic journey through a bleak landscape in the first book of this post-Apocalyptic trilogy. Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. Thats fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Sabas world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on a quest to get him back.Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. She has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

In a lawless land, where life is cheap and survival is hard, Saba has been brought up in isolated Silverlake. She never sees the dangers of the destructive society outside. When her twin brother is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders, she sets out on an epic quest to rescue him.Winner of the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award.