Robert Swindells - Author

About the Author

Robert Swindells was born in Bradford in 1939 and continues to live in Yorkshire. He left school at 15 and worked in a variety of jobs, including primary school teaching, before becoming a full-time writer. His widely acclaimed novels often reflect his political passions, such as Brother in the Land, which is set in the aftermath of a nuclear war. He has won the Red House Children's Book Prize several times and in 1993 he won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for Stone Cold, a young adult novel about homelessness.

Featured books by Robert Swindells

Stone Cold

Stone Cold

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Link, aged 17, is distrustful of people until he pairs up with Deb, another homeless youngster. But what Deb doesn't tell him is that she's an ambitious young journalist on a self-imposed assignment to track down the killer and she's prepared to use herself as bait ...

Other books by Robert Swindells

Brother in the Land

Brother in the Land

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2018

An 'After-the-Bomb' story told by teenage Danny, one of the survivors - one of the unlucky ones. Set in Shipley, an ordinary town in the north of England, this is a powerful portrayal of a world that has broken down. Danny not only has to cope in a world of lawlessness and gang warfare, but he has to protect and look after his little brother, Ben, and a girl called Kim. Is there any hope left for a new world?

Abomination

Abomination

Author: Robert Swindells, Ben Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

A powerful, disturbing thriller reissued in The Originals series of classic teenage fiction. Martha is twelve - and very different from other kids, because of her parents. Strict members of a religious group - the Brethren - their rules dominate Martha's life. And one rule is the most important of all: she must never ever invite anyone home. If she does, their shameful secret - Abomination - could be revealed. But as Martha makes her first real friend in Scott, a new boy at school, she begins to wonder. Is she doing the right thing by helping to keep Abomination a secret? And just how far will her parents go to prevent the truth from being known? The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths

Knife Edge

Knife Edge

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2017

You're only someone at Sam's school if you carry a knife, or so Sam thinks. He's convinced a blade is the only way to keep the Sharks off his back. But Sam is about to find out the hard way that a knife is never a good idea. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The First Hunter

The First Hunter

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Tan and his family are scavengers, living like jackals, stealing from the kills of lions and other big cats to survive. It's no life at all. Then Wid, the simplest of them all, comes up with a daring proposal...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Stone Cold

Stone Cold

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Link, aged 17, is distrustful of people until he pairs up with Deb, another homeless youngster. But what Deb doesn't tell him is that she's an ambitious young journalist on a self-imposed assignment to track down the killer and she's prepared to use herself as bait ...

Hurricane Summer

Hurricane Summer

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2015

Roger's War

Roger's War

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2015

Doodlebug Alley

Doodlebug Alley

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2015

Just a Bit of Fun

Just a Bit of Fun

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2015

Spooky Halloween thriller. Harley has to take his little brother and sister out trick-or-treating on Halloween. When he's not looking, they go missing. And when he finds them, something's happened. They're different. They want to play, but there are no rules to this game...So much for Halloween being just a bit of fun! A haunting tale from a bestselling author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Shade of Hettie Daynes

The Shade of Hettie Daynes

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/10/2014

If you expect to see a ghost, you see a ghost... That's what Bethan tells herself when her brother Harry takes her to see the ghost at the old reservoir. But she really can see it: a pale figure floating over the water, one finger pointing downwards. Local legend says that the ghost is Hettie Daynes, an ancestor of their family, who vanished over a hundred years ago. If so, what does she want? And why is she appearing now? Harry and Bethan and their friends Rob and Alison are determined to find out! A deliciously shivery ghost tale from multi award-winning author Robert Swindells.

When Darkness Comes

When Darkness Comes

Author: Robert Swindells Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2014

Jealousy and ambition divide a tribe so much so that it splits into two communities - each of whom has to strive to become self-sufficient. Their failure almost leads to their destruction. It's up to the chief's son and the other children of the tribe to overcome the adults' prejudices and attempt reconciliation. When they are threatened by raiders from a stronger, more skilful race, survival is all. But will the tribes be able to reunite in time?

Peril in the Mist

Peril in the Mist

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2014

The Secret of Weeping Wood

The Secret of Weeping Wood

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2014

The Strange Tale of Ragger Bill

The Strange Tale of Ragger Bill

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2014

The Ghosts of Givenham Keep

The Ghosts of Givenham Keep

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2014

We Didn't Mean to, Honest

We Didn't Mean to, Honest

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2014

Voyage to Valhalla

Voyage to Valhalla

Author: Robert Swindells Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2014

When Davy and his friends discover the skull of an ancient Briton buried in the woods, they decide to unearth as much as they can of the skeleton themselves before telling any adults. But by the time they have disinterred the skeletons, Davy has become the subject of hauntings and hallucinations.

Burnout

Burnout

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2014

Tense and chilling thriller. Josh can't seem to do anything right, until he is suddenly invited to join the area's most infamous gang. They light fires and cause some serious damage - and Josh is hooked from the first flame. But when things start getting out of control, who will get burned? A thought-provoking thriller about gang culture from a top author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Snapshot

Snapshot

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2014

Tense and chilling thriller. Victor didn't mean to get involved. He didn't want any trouble. But when Victor heads out with his new camera, before he knows it he is witness to a crime - with the photos to prove it! Now he is being chased by criminals and they won't stop until they get his photos. Can Victor escape their clutches? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Deep End

The Deep End

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Jake's sister Lisa has a chance at Olympic glory in the swimming pool - or she did, until the council decide to close the local baths! Could a protest change their minds? Lisa's hopes of qualifying for the Olympics are dashed by the closure of the local swimming baths, but her boyfriend has a plan to stir up local support for their cause. Jake is eager to get involved and help his sister, but plans for a peaceful protest are threatened when troublemakers arrive. Thought-provoking drama. With a reading age of 8+ this is also suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

Inside The Worm

Inside The Worm

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2012

The worm was close now. So close Fliss could smell the putrid stench of its breath. Its slavering jaws gaped to engulf her... Everyone in Elsworth knows the local legend about the monstrous worm - or dragon - that once terrorised the village. But it never really happened. Or did it? For when Fliss and her friends are chosen to re-enact the legend for the village Festival, the four who are to play the part of the worm dance as one across the ground. They are the worm. And Fliss begins to feel real fear. Somehow the worm itself is returning - with a thousand-year hunger in its belly, and a burning desire for vengeance...

Dan'S War

Dan'S War

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2012

Dan Langley may be too young to fight in the war - but he's not too young to take down the enemy! Second World War thriller from a Carnegie Medal- winning author. It's WWII and Dan Langley is stuck working in General Winton's garden instead of fighting in the trenches. When Dan begins to notice some strange happenings at the General's home, he discovers a secret plan brewing between the General and the enemy, but will anyone believe him? Another gripping story by this award-winning and hugely popular author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

A Skull in Shadows Lane

A Skull in Shadows Lane

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

The war has just ended in the tiny village of Coney Cley, and Josh and his gang are desperate for some excitement. When they head for the eerie, abandoned Shadows Lane to explore a deserted house, they find more than they bargained for - a human tooth. Then a creepy, skeletal face appears at a dark window . . . Believing there's a skeleton haunting Shadows Lane, the children are shocked to learn the truth about 'Boney' - he's an escaped prisoner of war. But someone else is also hiding in the village - someone much more dangerous. Tense and chilling, this is another fantastically gripping tale from the award-winning author of Room 13 and Stone Cold.

Blackout

Blackout

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Another gripping World War Two drama from the master storyteller and multi-award-winner, Robert Swindells. Life in a small village is boring now the war is over, there is still rationing and bomb damage and war losses. But when a group of children hear of some treasure kept locked in the village, things look at bit more interesting. And then two strangers turn up in the village - and they've heard of the treasure too . . .

Henry V

Henry V

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2010

Robert Swindell's Henry V is a gripping retelling of Shakespeare's famous historical play. Battles and scenes of warfare are never far from the young King Henry. This retelling brings to life the tumultuous struggle of the heroic young monarch as he fights to protect his kingdom and his life. The Shakespeare Today series captures the magic of Shakespeare's text and sets it in an accessible and contemporary style.

Follow a Shadow

Follow a Shadow

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2010

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2009

Robert Swindells's A Midsummer Night's Dream is set in a very modern-day Yorkshire. Theseus, the neighbourhood tycoon is getting married. Bottom and his mates are roped into putting on a play for the wedding because, well, there's nothing much to do when you're on the dole. But, before the wedding, there are young lovers with problems to resolve ...and a drop of magic and mischief in the mix! The Shakespeare Today series captures the magic of Shakespeare's text and sets it in an accessible and contemporary style.

Rollercoasters Abomination Reader

Rollercoasters Abomination Reader

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2007

Martha's parents belong to a strict religious group which means no computers, no TV and no trendy clothes. Martha also has a secret called Abomination who must never be discovered. But then Martha befriends Scott and finds she has to make a choice. Should she tell Scott about her terrible secret?

Room 13 And Inside The Worm

Room 13 And Inside The Worm

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2007

ROOM 13 Somebody was in there. Somebody - or some thing. There is no room thirteen in the creepy Crow's Nest Hotel, where Fliss and her friends are staying on a school trip. Or is there? For at the stroke of midnight, something peculiar happens to the door of the linen cupboard next to room twelve. And something is happening to Ellie-May Sunderland, too - something very sinister. INSIDE THE WORM The worm was close now. So close Fliss could smell the putrid stench of its breath. Its slavering jaws gaped to engulf her. Everyone in Elsworth knows the local legend about the monstrous worm - or dragon - that once terrorised the village. But it never really happened. Or did it? For when Fliss and her friends are chosen to re-enact the legend for the village Festival, the four who are to play the part of the worm dance as one across the ground. They are the worm. And Fliss begins to feel real fear. Somehow the worm itself is returning - with a thousand-year hunger in its belly, and a burning desire for vengeance.

Timesnatch

Timesnatch

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Once a creature is extinct, it's gone for ever, isn't it? Not any more - as a butterfly from the past proves. The physicist mother of Kizzy Rye and Fraser Rye has invented an amazing time machine that can travel back into the past, snatch a plant or animal now extinct and bring it back into the present. It's a wonderful achievement, a real scientific breakthrough. But the machine - 'Rye's Apparatus' - has a horrifying potential. Suddenly Kizzy and Fraser find themselves caught up in a terrifying spiral of events - events that lead finally to a monstrous demand from a sinister and violent organization... WINNER OF THE 1995 EARTHWORM AWARD, 7-11 YEAR-OLD CATEGORY

In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Charlotte is out in the woods on her own one day when something mysterious happens - she walks along a row of stones laid like stepping stones on the forest floor . . . and finds herself in another age. She has somehow slipped back to 1955, and is now, in the same woods, on the site of a very unique school, an open-air school for sick city children. No one believes her tales of the world she's come from, her mobile doesn't work and she can't see how on earth she's going to get back. A friendship with another pupil proves the key - is Jack more than he seems?

Blitzed

Blitzed

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2007

George is fascinated by World War Two. Bombers, Nazis, doodlebugs. But he discovers the reality is very different from how he had imagined it when a school trip to a World War Two museum leads to a timeslip - and George is in London at the time of the Blitz! He joins up with a group of other homeless children, struggling to survive. And then they suspect someone they know of being a German spy...

Nightmare Stairs

Nightmare Stairs

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2007

I'm falling - falling down steep, narrow stairs - if I hit the bottom asleep, I know I'll never wake. Every night Kirsty wakes up screaming. Every night she has the same terrible nightmare - of falling downstairs. But does she fall? Or is she pushed? Then Kirsty discovers that her grandma died falling downstairs and she begins to wonder: is the dream hinting at a dark secret in her family? She has to know the truth. But tracking a murderer is a dangerous game, and as she delves into the past, Kirsty uncovers a secret more terrible than anything she can imagine. A terrifying read from one of today's master storytellers. WINNER OF THE SHEFFIELD CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD FOR BEST SHORTER NOVEL 'Cleverly put together - funny as well as gripping' The Sunday Times

Abomination

Abomination

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Martha is twelve - and very different from other kids, because of her parents. Strict members of a religious group - the Brethren - their rules dominate Martha's life. And one rule is the most important of all: she must never ever invite anyone home. If she does, their shameful secret - Abomination - could be revealed. But as Martha makes her first real friend in Scott, a new boy at school, she begins to wonder. Is she doing the right thing by helping to keep Abomination a secret? And just how far will her parents go to prevent the truth from being known?

Snakebite

Snakebite

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/07/2006

Alex's estate is a concrete jungle, survival of the fittest and Alex is way down the food chain. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Ruby Tanya

Ruby Tanya

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2005

This is a contemporary tale about two friends - one of whom, Asra, is an asylum seeker from an unnamed Eastern European country. The other, Ruby Tanya, is the daughter of a local man who is campaigning against the presence of asylum seekers in his community. During a dramatic explosion at the girls' school, a young teacher is killed. The asylum seekers at the local camp are blamed, and local people begin to argue that they should be deported. A branch of the National Front gets involved and demos are planned. Asra and her parents are due to be deported, but Asra runs away at the last minute so her parents have to return without her. She hides in a nearby derelict building and is helped by Ruby Tanya.

Ruby Tanya

Ruby Tanya

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2005

Explore narrative techniques through the hard-hitting issue of asylum. Asra, an asylum seeker, and Ruby Tanya, the daughter of a local man who is campaigning against the asylum seekers, are best friends. The girls' friendship is threatened when a bomb kills a teacher at their school, for which the asylum seekers are blamed. About to be deported, Asra goes on the run with the help of Ruby. In hiding they discover a plot which has terrifying consequences for the whole community. Age 13+ Ideal for looking at narrative technique, plot and suspense. Discussions on the hard-hitting issue of asylum and racism. Links to citizenship and PHSE. To automatically receive all the latest news on New Windmills, why not sign-up for our Heinemann Literature e-newsletter?

Oxford Playscripts: Brother in the Land

Oxford Playscripts: Brother in the Land

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/07/2004

An engaging classroom playscript. When a nuclear bomb wrecks his hometown and rips his family apart, 15-year-old Danny has to learn the art of survival...and fast. Under constant threat from radiation sickness, starvation, and the men who have seized power, Danny struggles to protect himself and his brother. Then he joins the resistance and the real fight begins...New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

The Orchard Book Of Viking Stories

The Orchard Book Of Viking Stories

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2004

The fiery world of the Vikings is filled with amazing adventures and acts of courage. Battles with mighty giants, demons and dwarves abound and superhuman gods - Thor, Odin and many more - leap from the pages. These retellings will fire every child's imagination. All the drama, magica and mystery of Robert Swindells' stories are captured in Peter Utton's illustrations, which bring the world of the Vikings so vividly to life.

A Wish For Wings

A Wish For Wings

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2002

'I'LL FLY,' JENNA WHISPERED TO HERSELF. 'I'LL FLY, WHATEVER NED SAYS. WHATEVER ANYBODY SAYS...' Jenna is thirteen - and has suddenly realized what she wants to do with her life. She wants to fly. Like Grandad's heroine, Amy Johnson... But Jenna's wish for wings has to be put on hold when something awful happens: Grandad's souvenir of his wartime service - a loaded gun - goes missing. And Jenna is almost certain that her brother Ned has taken it...

Invisible!

Invisible!

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2000

Now you see them, now you don't... What would you do if you could become invisible? Creep around, unseen? Listen in to other people's conversations? Twins Carrie and Conrad, and their friends Peter and Charlotte do all these things, and much more, when a new girl at school - Rosie - shows them her secret: how to make yourself invisible. It's exciting, and it's fun. It can also be frightening... and dangerous. Especially when Rosie's dad becomes a suspect in a local crime and the gang go invisible to find the real crooks...

Stone Cold

Stone Cold

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/1997

Carnegie Medal Winner.

World-Eater

World-Eater

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/1996

'There's something in the sky... something terrible!' On the night of the great storm, a mysterious new planet suddently appears in the sky. Orbiting the sun between Mercury and Venus, the huge blue-grey sphere has scientists baffled as probes reveal its surface to be flat and bare and its interior liquid. Eleven-year-old Orville, absorbed in witing for his favourite pigeon to hatch her first eggs, is the first to suspect the true nature of the planet. But will anyone listen to his theory? And, if they do, can they avert disaster? For if Orville is right, the world is doomed . . .

Daz 4 Zoe

Daz 4 Zoe

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/1995

It is the year 2051 and Britain is a divided country, deliberately divided by economic and education strategies. Half the population shelters in fortified suburbs (Newtown); the other half resentfully smoulders in sealed-off ghettoes. This is the story of privileged Zoe and Daz, the semi-literate ghetto dweller, whose brother was executed for raiding with the underground resistance movement. When Zoe and her friends go slumming one day, she meets Daz - and it's Romeo and Juliet all over again. But their impossible relationship has far-reaching consequences ...

Brother in the Land

Brother in the Land

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/1994

An 'After-the-Bomb' story told by teenage Danny, one of the survivors - one of the unlucky ones. Set in Shipley, an ordinary town in the north of England, this is a powerful portrayal of a world that has broken down. Danny not only has to cope in a world of lawlessness and gang warfare, but he has to protect and look after his little brother, Ben, and a girl called Kim. Is there any hope left for a new world?

The Thousand Eyes Of Night

The Thousand Eyes Of Night

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/1993

Hydra

Hydra

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/04/1993

It was sick and hungry and a long, long way from home... Something is causing mysterious circles to appear in the cornfields of Cansfield Farm. And someone, or something, has obviously terrified Barry Cansfield, the farmer's bullying son. But when friends Ben and Midge sneak out to the farm to investigate, they discover a secret more terrifying than they could possible have imagined - a truly monstrous horror that simply must be stopped...

The Ice Palace

The Ice Palace

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/11/1992

Ivan lives in a land where the winter is dark and fearful. Starjik, King of Winter, steals Ivan's little brother and Ivan braves the bitter cold to find him.

Room 13

Room 13

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/10/1990

Somebody was in there. Somebody - or some thing . . . There is no room thirteen in the creepy Crow's Nest Hotel, where Fliss and her friends are staying on a school trip. Or is there? For at the stroke of midnight, something peculiar happens to the door of the linen cupboard next to room l2. And something is happening to Ellie-May Sunderland, too - something very sinister . . . A gripping page-turner from a master of spooky suspense, award-winning Robert Swindells. Don't read this under the covers at midnight!

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