Nicholas Dane

by Melvin Burgess

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Carnegie-prize winning author, Melvin Burgess, has written a long-awaited new novel.  This compelling story of a teenager caught in a corrupt 1980s care home is a powerful study of a particularly highly charged and distressing subject and one that is frighteningly topical now 30 years later.  Handled with great sensitivity and engrossing narrative drive, Nicholas Dane is an important addition to the understanding of how teenage lives can go so wrong.

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When Nick's mother dies suddenly, the 14 year old is sent straight into a boys' home, where he finds institutional intimidation and violence keep order. Nick thinks life can't get any worse - but the professionally respected deputy head, Mr Creal, who has been grooming him with sweets and solace, has something much more sinister in mind.

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ISBN: 9781842701812
Publication date: 04/06/2009
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781842701812
Publication date: 4th June 2009
Author: Melvin Burgess
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage),

About Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire.  As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell's animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories  - "it was about the first time I'd ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped."  After leaving school, Melvin moved to Bristol  where ...

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