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Rupert Wallis read Theology at Cambridge University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Writing for Television from the University of Southern California. In 2010/11 he was one of five novelists chosen from the South West of England to participate in a mentorship programme funded by the Arts Council. He now lives in Cornwall.
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Rupert Wallis published his first novel, The Dark Inside, in 2014, to critical acclaim that likened his writing to Patrick Ness and David Almond. Rupert is currently shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase award for his remarkable debut. Just as captivating, rising-star Rupert’s second novel, All Sorts of Possible is a superbly crafted and hauntingly atmospheric tale of love, loss and learning to accept the world for what it is, not what it could be.
A poignant debut novel, The Dark Inside is the touching story of a thirteen year old coming to terms with the death of his mother as well as an exciting, mysterious and dramatic adventure. When James finds a man covered in terrible wounds living in the ruined house that he runs to in order to escape his step father, he begins an complicated journey in which the real readily becomes magical and the supernatural is never far away. The lessons James learns about change are thought provoking ~ Julia Eccleshare In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Dark Inside a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I really enjoyed this book. It was creepy, dark and a little sad at times. It kept me turning the pages and guessing throughout the whole book! It is a really good book which I highly recommend!' Scroll down to read more reviews...
When the sinkhole opened there was no time to brake or turn the wheel and the old green Land Rover was snatched off the dirt road over the smoking rim. The moment a sinkhole swallows the car that Daniel and his father are travelling in, everything changes: suddenly Daniel is the 'miracle boy' who survived unharmed whilst his father is left trapped in a coma. So how did Daniel escape? Was it luck or something more - was it really a miracle? Mason, a small-time gangster, thinks so. When he decides the boy has been saved to help him with the biggest score of his career, Daniel is suddenly facing a life or death situation all over again... A lyrical and atmospheric novel about love, loss and learning to accept the world for what it is, not what you want it to be, perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.
'Echoes of David Almond's Skelligin Wallis's beautifully written debut... Profound and moving' The Financial Times 'A captivating blend of love, loss and forgiveness' The Sunday Express 'The chief villain is fantastically creepy... fast-paced' SFX 'Beautifully written in smooth, elegant prose...I felt utterly surrounded by the story'BookBag 'If you loved Skelligby David Almond, then this is the book for you' Serendipity Reviews 'Intense, dark, brooding and highly adventurous. To me it screamed Neil Gaiman' Fiction Fascination When thirteen-year-old James discovers a homeless man in an abandoned house, the course of his life changes dramatically. Hoping to find a 'cure' for a dark curse inflicted on the homeless man, the pair embark on a journey together not knowing that what they discover will impact them both in ways they never imagined... A gripping and haunting story about loss and hope, perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.