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An edgy, brilliantly told story with a strong teen-girl protagonist. How can Shiv live with what she did? An unforgettable story that will stay in readers' minds long after they finish the book.


Never Ending by Martyn Bedford

Shiv's best mate, her younger brother, Declan, died while their family were on holiday in Greece. Shiv doesn't know how to live any more - she can only feel self-hatred; she is tormented by guilt. Now she finds herself at the Korsakoff Clinic, with five other teens and young adults who are undergoing a most unorthodox therapy, which is often painful. But this is Shiv's last chance - the clinic must help her find a way to live again. But first, their methods will make her face what really happened to her brother.

Never Ending is Martyn Bedford's second novel for Walker Books.


Flip swept us all along. Thanks to Martyn Bedford's masterly balance of tension and wit, this unique fusion of the surreal and the everyday proved utterly convincing. * Judges
Shortlist citation, Costa Children

's Book Award * Bedford's taut style and psychological insight make Flip a gripping thriller. -- Amanda Craig * The Times * Flip is an amazing book. The plot is thrilling and the characters are superb. I absolutely adored this book ... a must read. * The Guardian online edition * Bedford has written a profound and moving novel ... which makes you think a little differently. * Books for Keeps * Bedford skillfully pushes and pulls at the reader's emotions while carefully revealing the details of the backstory and the aftermath until the two converge. Hand this compelling novel to readers who thrive on complex narratives. * Booklist * Beautiful and illuminating but as hard as therapy. * Kirkus Reviews * Explores the raw edges of bereavement and grief in a funny, moving, no-nonsense and yet supremely sensitive novel . . . Honest to the point of painful, brutal in its confrontations with unbearable loss and wise in its emotional insight. . . Bedford tackles an emotive subject with finesse, subtlety and deep empathy, allowing past and present to merge into a tough but beautiful and beguiling story * Lancashire Evening Post * A brilliant and wonderful read . . . if you're just someone who likes thrilling and captivating stories, then you are likely to enjoy this as well. Never Ending is a well-written novel that will pull you in, keep you on the edge of your seat, and make you emotionally invested in the characters before you even witness it happening * Day Dreamers Thoughts * This is an honest and truthful account of grief and healing and all the characters are so well drawn that this becomes an intense reading experience with genuine psychological insights for thoughtful teenagers -- Joy Court * School Zone * An acutely observed, meticulous rendering of a mind in crisis and a family at war with itself. It's particularly memorable for its affecting contrast of before and after, alternating flashbacks . . .[an] utterly arresting read * Metro * A fine and serious novel * Books for Keeps * Relentlessly thrilling . . . will keep you glued to the page with anticipation * Bath Chronicle * Bedford's writing drew me into his story and I felt that I was far closer to Shiv than I normally am in third-person narratives * The Book Bag * An acutely observed, meticulous rendering of a mind in crisis and a family at war with itself. It's particularly memorable for its affecting contrast of before and after, alternating flashbacks . . . [an] utterly arresting read * Metro * A moving portrayal of love and loss, beautifully written. * Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read *'

About the Author

Martyn Bedford

Martyn Bedford is the author of five novels for adults and two for young adults.
He has also had numerous short stories published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and broadcast on radio and the Internet.

Martyn is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he studied under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. He is a senior associate lecturer in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University College and has previously taught at Manchester, Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan universities, as well as an academic writing residency at Leeds Trinity as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

His creative-writing teaching also includes school groups and residential courses for the Arvon Foundation and he was a founding consultant and critic-in-residence for the online writing forum YouWriteOn.com.

He was a fiction critic for the Literary Review (2000–2009) and previously reviewed for the New Statesman. Before becoming a writer and teacher, Martyn worked for thirteen years as a journalist in regional newspapers all over the UK.

Martyn was born and grew up in Croydon, south London, but has lived for many years in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, with his wife and two daughters.

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6th February 2014


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Walker Books Ltd


320 pages
Interest Age: From 12 years


NewGen - YA Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
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