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.
When Nick's mother dies suddenly, the fourteen-year-old is sent straight into a boys' home, where he finds institutional intimidation and violence keep order. After countless fights and punishments, 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. The scarring, shaming experience he suffers at the hands of Mr Creal can never quite be suppressed, and when the old hatred surfaces, bloody murder and revenge lead to an unforgettable climax.
"The same anger at social injustice that fuelled Dickens’ Oliver Twist drives Nicholas Dane, but Burgess also embraces Dickens’ taste for high drama, fast pace, and wonderful, larger-than-life characters that make you really care. It will engage your heart as much as your mind. It may shock you. It will definitely disturb you. But that is exactly why we need novels like Nicholas Dane and novelists like Melvin Burgess. Nicholas Dane is certainly an important book that needed to be written."
Publication date: 20/03/2010
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 04/06/2009
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
|Publication date:||20th March 2010|
|Publisher:||Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
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 ...More About Melvin Burgess