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Andrew Smith - Author

About the Author

Andrew Smith is English although he was born in New York and lived in California until he was in his early teens. He watched the moon landings on TV in his San Francisco home.
 

He has written for the Melody Maker, the Face, the Sunday Times, and the Observer where he has written on the KLF, death row, Damien Hirst, Jeff Bezos, Bianca Jagger and much much more.  He currently lives with his family in Norfolk.

Photograph © Jaime Turner

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Timeslip Volume 01: The Age of the Death Lottery

Timeslip Volume 01: The Age of the Death Lottery

Author: Andrew Smith Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/06/2020

Decades after their childhood experiences passing through a mysterious 'time barrier' that could transmit people into the past and the future, two adults - Simon Randall and Liz Skinner - encounter two youths from the 1980s, Neil and Jade - and realise the barrier is open again. Following them through the barrier in search of a missing friend, they find themselves many years into the future, when over-population has brought the Earth to its knees. So a radical reform has been undertaken - a mass culling of parts of the population known as the Death Lottery. Not everyone supports this idea. Rebels known as Refusers battle the government and the sinister Enforcement Bureau - and Liz discovers that her old friend Charlotte may be responsible for the whole thing. Groundbreaking ITV children's series Timeslip returns after 50 years in this full cast audio drama, featuring the cult classic's original stars, Spencer Banks and Cheryl Burfield. CAST: Spencer Banks (Simon Randall), Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Amanda Shodeko (Jade Okafor), Orlando Gibbs (Neil Riley), Sarah Sutton (Charlotte Trent), Matthew Jacobs-Morgan (Sam Bembe), Lucy Pickles (Maxine Shetty/EB Operative), Narinder Samra (Ajay Shetty/Processing Officer), Claire Vousden (The Minister/Data Superintendent). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Star Cops: Mars Part 1

Star Cops: Mars Part 1

Author: Andrew Smith, Una McCormack, Guy Adams Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/01/2020

It's the near future, and mankind has expanded its presence in space. Maintaining law and order beyond Earth is the responsibility of the International Space Police Force, known colloquially as the Star Cops. Their leader is Commander Nathan Spring.There are no Star Cops on Mars, and Nathan Spring intends to put that right. He travels to the red planet hoping to rally the colonists' support for setting up an ISPF office, but he faces resistance from those who feel Mars has no need of police. Soon, though, Nathan and his officers are involved in incidents of theft, violence and murder. They may get the chance to prove they're needed, if they can get through their investigations alive. Contains three stories: 2.1 The New World by Andrew Smith. Nathan, Devis and Kenzy arrive on Mars after a six-month journey from Earth. They've come to set up a Star Cop base, but Mars is a very different environment from the one they're used to on the moon. 2.2 The Shadow of This Red Rock by Una McCormack. Nathan and Kenzy find themselves marooned in the Martian desert with a prisoner whose friends will soon arrive to attempt a violent rescue. Help arrives in the form of a reclusive colonist. Soon they're all being chased across the desert by the prisoner's friends, who seem able to anticipate every effort to shake them off. Meanwhile, Devis has his own troubles. An attempt to come to his friends' rescue goes wrong, and he finds himself at the mercy of colonists who hold his life in their hands. Matters will come to a head in a perilous stand-off on the four-mile-high cliffs of the Mariner Valley canyon. 2.3 Whatever Happened to Gary Rice? by Guy Adams. After the Star Cops receive a cryptic message about a man who may once have worked at a colony in the Argyre Basin, they make their way there to investigate. They find a co-operative community that thrives by growing an organic food source, which it sells to other colonies. But no-one seems to remember the man the Star Cops are looking for. Nathan visits a neighbouring scientific research base, where nutritionist Dr Julienne Grainger has information that may resolve the mystery of the missing colonist. As the Star Cops get closer to discovering the truth, there are those who are prepared to kill to keep it secret. CAST: David Calder (Nathan Spring / Box), Trevor Cooper (Colin Devis), Linda Newton (Pal Kenzy), Heather Coombs (Kristin Mendelson / Cara Hopkins), Oliver Dimsdale (Jean Arnaud), Andrew James Spooner (Doctor Jess Romay), Emma Jay Thomas (Doctor Stephanie Thrower), Elizabeth Uter (Grace Kavanagh), Issy Van Randwyck (Barbara Holmberg), Jake Wardle (Martin Jeffries/LRI Technician), Carla de Wansey (Doctor Julienne Grainger). Other parts played by members of the cast. NOTE: Star Cops features some mild swearing and content which may not be suitable for younger listeners.

Airbnb

Airbnb

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

The Victorian Gothic

The Victorian Gothic

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2019

This book offers an invaluable insight into the complex and various Gothic forms of the 19th century. The Edinburgh Companion to the Victorian Gothic is an essential resource for students and scholars working on the Gothic, Victorian literature and culture and critical theory. Each chapter is written by an acknowledged expert in their field on a specific topic within the Victorian writing, including science, medicine, Queer theory, imperialism, nationalism, and gender. Additional chapters on the ghost story, realism, the fin de siecle, pulp fictions, sensation fiction, and the Victorian way of death means that this Companion provides the most complete overview of the Victorian Gothic to date. This title is unique as a multi-authored, comprehensive exploration of the Victorian Gothic. It offers original research in all chapters. It sets the agenda for future scholarship in the field.

Plotinus on Beauty (Enneads 1.6 and 5.8.1-2)

Plotinus on Beauty (Enneads 1.6 and 5.8.1-2)

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Plotinus on Beauty (Enneads 1.6 and 5.8.1-2)

Plotinus on Beauty (Enneads 1.6 and 5.8.1-2)

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Exile from Eden

Exile from Eden

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

From New York Times bestselling author Andrew Smith comes the stunning, long-awaited sequel to the groundbreaking Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. It's been sixteen years since an army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises forced Arek's family underground and into the hole where he was born; it's the only home he's ever known. But now, post-end-of-the-world, the army of horny, hungry praying mantises might finally be dying out, and Arek's ready to leave the hole for good. All he has are mysterious letters from Breakfast, a naked, wild boy traveling the countryside with his silent companion, Olive. Together, Arek and his best friend Mel, who stowed away in his van, navigate their way through the ravaged remains of the outside world. Praise for Grasshopper Jungle 'A cool/passionate, gay/straight, male/female, absurd/real, funny/moving, past/present, breezy/profound masterpiece of a book.' Michael Grant, bestselling author of the GONE series. 'If you only read one book this year about sexually confused teens battling 6 foot tall head-chomping praying mantises in small town America, make it this one.' Charlie Higson, author of the bestselling Young Bond series. 'I devoured @marburyjack's wonderful 'cool/passionate' Grasshopper Jungle'. Sally Green, author of Half Bad. 'Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. You must read immediately. It's an absolute joy. Scary, funny, sexy. Trust me.' Jake Shears, lead singer of The Scissor Sisters 'Not for the faint-hearted. Mutant grasshoppers, rampant lust - a tale of teen self discovery that grips like a mating mantis.' Metro Andrew Smith has always wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he wrote for newspapers and radio stations, but found it wasn't the kind of writing he'd dreamed about doing. Born with an impulse to travel, Smith, the son of an immigrant, bounced around the world and from job to job, before settling down in Southern California. There, he got his first 'real job', as a teacher in an alternative educational program for at-risk teens, married, and moved to a rural mountain location. Smith has now written several award-winning YA novels including Winger, Stick, and Grasshopper Jungle.

Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

If you're a fan of John Green, Michael Grant or Stephen King, get your jaws round this. In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. Funny, intense, complex and brave, Grasshopper Jungle is a groundbreaking, genre-bending, coming-of-age stunner. Look out for the highly anticipated sequel Exile from Eden. Praise for Grasshopper Jungle: 'A cool/passionate, gay/straight, male/female, absurd/real, funny/moving, past/present, breezy/profound masterpiece of a book.' Michael Grant, bestselling author of the GONE series. 'If you only read one book this year about sexually confused teens battling 6 foot tall head-chomping praying mantises in small town America, make it this one.' Charlie Higson, author of the bestselling Young Bond series. 'Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. You must read immediately. It's an absolute joy. Scary, funny, sexy. Trust me.' Jake Shears, lead singer of The Scissor Sisters 'Not for the faint-hearted. Mutant grasshoppers, rampant lust - a tale of teen self discovery that grips like a mating mantis.' Metro Andrew Smith has always wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he wrote for newspapers and radio stations, but found it wasn't the kind of writing he'd dreamed about doing. Born with an impulse to travel, Smith, the son of an immigrant, bounced around the world and from job to job, before settling down in Southern California. There, he got his first 'real job', as a teacher in an alternative educational program for at-risk teens, married, and moved to a rural mountain location. Smith has now written several award-winning YA novels including Winger, Stick, and Grasshopper Jungle.

Rabbit and Robot

Rabbit and Robot

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Brand new YA fiction from the extraordinary mind of New York Times bestselling author Andrew Smith . . . Cager has been transported to the Tennessee, a giant lunar-cruise ship, to help him shake his Woz addiction. Meanwhile, Earth, in the midst of thirty simultaneous wars, burns to ash beneath them. As the robots on board The Tennessee become increasingly insane and cannibalistic, and Earth becomes a toxic wasteland, Cager and his friends have to wonder if they'll be stranded alone in space forever. In his new novel, Andrew Smith, Printz Honor author of Grasshopper Jungle, will make you laugh, cry, and consider what it really means to be human.

Doctor Who Monthly Adventures #254 - Emissary of the Daleks

Doctor Who Monthly Adventures #254 - Emissary of the Daleks

Author: Andrew Smith, Steve Power, Lee Johnson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/09/2019

On the planet Omnia, a young man leads the Doctor and Peri through the battle-scarred ruins of a city. Among the rubble he shows them proof that their invaders and new masters, thought to be invincible, can be defeated. The proof is the blasted, burnt-out remains of a Dalek. But this is a Dalek-occupied world like few others. For one thing,there are few Daleks to be seen. And for another,the Daleks have appointed an Omnian, Magister Carmen Rega, to govern the planet as their emissary. Why are the Daleks not present in force? And can the Doctor and Peri risk helping the Omnians, when the least show of resistance will be met with devastating reprisals from space? CAST: Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri),Saskia Reeves (Carmen Rega),William Ellis (Aldo Rega), Bruce Alexander (Hingus), Natasha Karp (Shayna/Tasha), Ray Cezan (Kalib/Scientist), John Rayment (Gordus), Richard Keith (Watcher/Operative), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Moondust

Moondust

Author: Andrew Smith Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/06/2019

Moondust

Moondust

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

A revised and updated edition of the classic work to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing 'It left me spellbound ... belongs to the same tradition as Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff' Sunday Times 'Fascinating. A wonderful book' David Bowie The Apollo Moon Programme has been called the last optimistic act of the twentieth century. In Moondust, Andrew Smith set out to find and interview the nine remaining Moonwalkers in order to learn how their lives, and ours, were irrevocably changed by this surreal expedition. On the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing, Smith's powerful and gripping account of the most courageous adventure of the last century is re-released with a new chapter, detailing his fascinating interactions with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Edgar Mitchell and Alan Bean in the years since publication. With thought-provoking meditations on the dramatic recent upswing in cosmic exploration, including astonishing encounters with the would-be astronaut-settlers of the Mars One project and the scientists leading the search for life in our solar system, this is an indispensable update to the definitive classic.

Airbnb

Airbnb

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2019

Destination London

Destination London

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2019

Interventions

Interventions

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2019

This book aims to intervene in current critical contexts for the study of nineteenth-century literature within the academy and beyond. Topics discussed include science and technology, poetry and philosophy, the Gothic, anatomical exhibitions, the global spread of liberalism, Anglo-American publishing, Punjabi popular culture and the neo-Victorian in literature, film and performance. By bringing together a broad range of intellectually challenging perspectives, the book offers an engaging critical overview of the field of nineteenth-century literary studies that will appeal both to scholars working within the field and students and teachers encountering this fascinating area of study for the first time. -- .

Johnny's Story

Johnny's Story

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2019

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