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William Sutcliffe - Author

About the Author

William Sutcliffe was born in 1971 in London. He is the author of the novels, New Boy, Are You Experienced? and The Love Hexagon, and has been translated into eleven languages.

Featured books by William Sutcliffe

The Gifted, the Talented & Me

The Gifted, the Talented & Me

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2019

“I am normal. I like being normal”. Such is the mantra of fifteen-year-old Sam. But when he’s uprooted from his Stevenage comp and thrust into the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented being normal just doesn’t cut it. Simple as. No ifs or buts. To fit in at this “poncey arty farty school” for “Exactly the Kind of People [Sam] Instinctively Hated”, a person needs to stand out. Gel one’s hair in eight directions. Be the offspring of, for example, an Argentinian tango dancer, or a French electro-pop pioneer. The comic characterisation of Sam and his family is as impeccably tuned as a Primrose Hill piano, from his mum’s foray into Hampstead yummy mummy blogger-dom, to his unicorn-obsessed little sister. Sam’s hilariously honest, self-deprecating tone is utterly engaging and put me in mind of an older incarnation of Luke from David Solomons’s fabulously funny Superhero books. Talking of funny, Sam’s turning point turns out to be his talent for comedy (“making people laugh was a thrilling buzz”), and so he finds himself in the unlikely position of performing in the school play. This entertaining romp around pressures to fit in and teenage boy-dom in all its involuntary undercarriage-twitching awkwardness truly shows the diverse talent of its author, whose previous YA novels are every bit as brilliant, but have heavier themes. This is a laugh-out-loud witty wonder of a book.

The Wall

The Wall

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/03/2014

This is the sort of book that sends shivers down your spine so disturbing is it.  It tells of a wall that divides a city, the Jews on one side, the Arabs on the other.  A 13-year old boy discovers a tunnel under the wall and cannot resist exploring.  Once should be enough but he returns three times and my heart was in my mouth each time.  This is powerful stuff, a wonderful and important book that should be read by all.   Julia Eccleshare's View..... A moving and thought-provoking story which will encourage readers to question divisions in society. Joshua lives safely on one side of the Wall. When he finds a tunnel under the Wall he can’t help wanting to explore. Meeting a family on the other side reveals to him what the Wall hides and makes him question all he has previously been told. Joshua learns the enormity of living under repression as well as what kindness, despite its attendant dangers, really means. He also learns how nature can heal other ills as he sets out on his own journey of discovery. ........... The Wall is a novel about a boy who undertakes a short journey to another world, to a place where everything he knows about loyalty, identity and justice is turned upside down. It is also a political fable that powerfully evokes the realities of life on the West Bank, telling the story of a Settler child who finds there are two sides to every story.

eBooks of the Month
Bad Influence

Bad Influence

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

When Carl moves into Ben and Olly's street, things instantly get more exciting. His games are strange, unpredictable, and thrillingly violent. But why is he so fearless? Why are they never allowed into his house? And why does it begin to feel as if he is taking control of their lives? It isn't long before Ben wants his old friendship back, but getting free of Carl turns out to be the toughest challenge he has ever faced

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Concentr8

Concentr8

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/09/2016

Im London einer nahen Zukunft wird das Medikament Concentr8 an auffallige Jugendliche verteilt, um jedes unerwunschte Verhalten einzudammen. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen und Blaze nehmen es schon, solange sie denken konnen. Sie sind keine richtige Gang, und sie sind auch nicht auf der Suche nach Arger, aber als die Verteilung von Concentr8 auf einmal versiegt und als eines heien Sommertags die Aufstande in der Stadt heftiger ausbrechen als je zuvor, kidnappen sie einen Mann und schleppen ihn in ein Lagerhaus. Im Verlauf der folgenden sechs Tage beginnen sie - beginnen wir - zu verstehen, warum es so kommen musste. Nominiert fr den YA Book Prize und die Carnegie Medal 2016

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Other books by William Sutcliffe

The Summer We Turned Green

The Summer We Turned Green

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2021

A fresh, funny, heartfelt look at this generation's must-win battle: one earth, one chance. It's the summer holidays, and thirteen-year-old Luke's life has been turned upside down. First his older sister Rose moved 'across the road', where a community of climate rebels is protesting the planned airport expansion. Then his dad followed her. Dad only went to get Rose back, but now he's out there building totem poles, wearing sandals and drinking mead (whatever that is) with the best of them... Can Luke save his family when all they want to do is save the planet?

Otherhood

Otherhood

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/08/2019

First published as Whatever Makes You Happy, the hilarious and moving novel about mothers and their adult sons, now a Netflix original movie starring Felicity Huffman, Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette which has now been viewed on over 27 million accounts worldwide Three sons. Three mums. One week. Matt, Daniel and Paul were childhood friends. Now in their thirties, they've lost touch and have only one thing in common: their mothers. Little do they know that, having spent a cardless Mother's Day discussing how their emotionally dysfunctional offspring should be settling down, Carol, Gillian and Helen have decided to pay their wayward sons a visit. On the same day, they turn up on their sons' doorsteps, uninvited and unannounced. Their plan is to reestablish the mother-son bond by moving in for one week. Just a week. Surely that's not a lot to ask...

We See Everything

We See Everything

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2017

NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE RED TENTACLE AT THE KITSCHIES 2017 A gripping and powerfully relevant thriller set in a reimagined London where drone surveillance is the norm. We See Everything, from internationally bestselling author William Sutcliffe, simmers with tension and emotion. Lex lives on The Strip - the overcrowded, closed-off, bombed-out shell of London. He's used to the watchful enemy drones that buzz in the air above him. Alan's talent as a gamer has landed him the job of his dreams. At a military base in a secret location, he is about to start work as a drone pilot. These two young men will never meet, but their lives are destined to collide. Because Alan has just been assigned a high-profile target. Alan knows him only as #K622. But Lex calls him Dad.

Are You Experienced?

Are You Experienced?

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The gap year classic, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time in the year of its 20th anniversary. A devastatingly funny satire on the whole idea of student travel,and particularly the India back-pack trail. Dave travels to India with Liz because he thinks he might be able to get her into bed. Liz travels to India with Dave because she wants a companion for her voyage of spiritual discovery. She loves it. He dreams of frosty mornings, pints of lager and restaurants where vegetable curry is only a side-dish . . .

Concentr8

Concentr8

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2016

In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn't it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What's good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They're not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick - the only one Blaze really trusts. They're not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random - a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn't even have a good phone - hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They've got a hostage, but don't really know what they want, or why they've done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they - and we - begin to understand why ... This is a book about what how we label children. It's about how kids get lost and failed by the system. It's about how politicians manipulate them. Gripping and controversial reading for fans of Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness.

Auf der richtigen Seite

Auf der richtigen Seite

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/09/2014

Joshua lebt mit seiner Mutter und seinem Stiefvater in Amarias, einer kunstlich errichteten Siedlung, an deren Rand eine schwerbewachte Mauer verlauft. Joshua hat gelernt, dass hinter der Mauer der Feind lebt, der Tag fur Tag darauf lauert, die Siedler zu toten. Und dass die Mauer ihn und sein Volk beschutzt. Doch eines Tages findet Joshua einen Tunnel, der unter der Mauer hindurchfhrt. Er wei dass er so schnell keine Gelegenheit mehr bekommen wird, einen Blick auf die andere Seite zu werfen. Die Versuchung ist zu gro Und von dem Moment an, als Joshua seinen Kopf aus dem Tunnel streckt, ist sein Leben nicht mehr so, wie es vorher war. "e;Auf der richtigen Seite"e; ist ein Roman ber einen Jungen, dessen Welt durch einen Tunnel aus den Angeln gehoben wird. Er ist aber auch eine politische Fabel ber das heutige Leben eines Jugendlichen im Westjordanland, der erkennt, dass jede Geschichte zwei Seiten hat.

Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom

Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Hannah's life is boring, boring, boring! But when Armitage Shank's Impossible Circus comes to town, Hannah's world is turned on its head. Meeting Billy Shank, his astonishing camel, Narcissus, and a host of other bizarrely brilliant members of the circus. But all is not as it seems; Armitage Shank, evil ringmaster and Billy's surrogate father, has a dastardly plan involving light-fingered thievery.. can Hannah and Billy to stop his stinking scheme before it's too late... Full of fun, adventure and wacky characters, William Sutcliffe's debut children's novel - brought to life by the energetic illustrations of David Tazzyman - is a must for fans of Andy Stanton, David Walliams and Roald Dahl.

The Wall

The Wall

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/04/2013

Joshua is thirteen. He lives with his mother and stepfather in Amarias, an isolated town on top of a hill, where all the houses are brand new. At the edge of Amarias is a high wall, guarded by soldiers, which can only be crossed through a heavily fortified checkpoint. Joshua has been taught that beyond the concrete is a brutal and unforgiving enemy, and that The Wall is the only thing keeping him and his people safe. One day, looking for a lost football, Joshua stumbles across a tunnel which leads towards this forbidden territory. He knows he won't get another opportunity to see what is beyond The Wall until he's old enough for military service, and the chance to crawl through and solve the mystery is too tempting to resist. He's heard plenty of stories about the other side, but nothing has prepared him for what he finds... The Wall is a novel about a boy who undertakes a short journey to another world, to a place where everything he knows about loyalty, identity and justice is turned upside down. It is also a political fable that powerfully evokes the realities of life on the West Bank, telling the story of a Settler child who finds there are two sides to every story.

Whatever Makes You Happy

Whatever Makes You Happy

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2009

Matt, Daniel and Paul were childhood friends. Now in their thirties, they've lost touch and have only one thing in common: their mothers. Little do they know that, having spent a cardless Mother's Day discussing how their emotionally dysfunctional offspring should be settling down, Carol, Gillian and Helen have decided to pay their wayward sons a visit. On the same day, they turn up on their sons' doorsteps, uninvited and unannounced. Their plan is to reestablish the mother-son bond by moving in for one week. Just a week. Surely that's not a lot to ask

New Boy

New Boy

Author: William Sutcliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/1998

NEW BOY is a dark modern comedy about the hormonal angst of a Jewish lad growing up in north-west London's bagel belt. Sutcliffe has managed to pull off a worthy British companion to Portnoy's Complaint Jay Rayner,Observer Well-written,clever and very funny Literary Review Smart,entertaining stuff...somewhere between Adrian Mole and Holden Caulfield Philip Hensher,Mail on Sunday

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