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Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess
  

Nicholas Dane

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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.

If you like Melvin Burgess you might also like to read books by Mary Hooper, Sophie Hannah and kevin brooks.

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Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess

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.

Reviews

An exceptional novel, a tour-de-force from an outstanding writer. -- Jake Hope, Lancashire Libraries No stranger to controversy, Melvin Burgess
latest novel is as hard

-hitting as ever. It is a gutsy, powerful story... This is Burgess
homage to Dickens as he updates the themes and issues of Oliver Twist. Like Dickens, this is also a moral tale

- there is a good dose of retribution and the central character comes through against the odds. -- Sue Steel * The Bookseller * The contrast of Nicholas as powerless child and his adult self able to obtain some measure of retribution is powerfully done. * Sue Baker - The Bookseller * It's hard hitting, typically controversial. * Fiona Noble, The Bookseller * If there was ever going to be someone brave enough to turn abuse in children's homes into a novel for teenagers, it was Melvin Burgess... Burgess remains unapologetic and it's with good cause. * Yorkshire Post *


About the Author

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 he worked on occasional jobs, mainly in the building industry, and was often unemployed. He started writing in his twenties and wrote on and off for the next fifteen years before The Cry of the Wolf was published in 1990. He moved to London in 1983 and began a small business marbling fabrics for the fashion industry. In 1997 his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature. In 1997, his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner.

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Publication date

4th June 2009

Author

Melvin Burgess

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Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781842701812

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