The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

by David Almond

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David Almond's extraordinary first novel for adults is the story of a child, born of sin, who emerges into a post-industrial, almost apocalyptic world where the force of his innocence is tested to the extreme.

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean Synopsis

"This tale is told by 1 that died at birth by 1 that came into the world in days of endles war & at the moment of disaster."

 

 

Billy Dean is a secret child, growing up in the dark heart of Blinkbonny. He has a beautiful young mother and a father who arrives at night carrying the scent of incense and cigarettes. His world is just a bed, some pictures of the holy island and a single locked door, but his father fills his dreams with mysterious tales and dreadful warnings.

 

When his father disappears, Billy's mum brings him out into the world, and he learns the dreadful truth of what happened in Blinkbonny on the day he was born. Gradually he finds he has the gift of helping to rebuild what has been broken. But there is one figure who is beyond healing, who comes looking for Billy himself and is determined on a kind of reckoning.

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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean Press Reviews

'Truly original' - Philip Pullman, Guardian

 

'A master storyteller' - Independent

 

'Almond's work, like the best of literature for children, is in fact simply literature' - The Times

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ISBN: 9780141332048
Publication date: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780670919055
Publication date: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780670919055
Publication date: 1st September 2011
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
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About David Almond

In March 2010 David Almond won The Hans Christian Andersen Award which is presented every other year to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.   Julia Eccleshare on David Almond: One of the best-loved and finest writers of today, David Almond made an immediate impact with Skellig, his first book. The moving story of a boy’s discovery of a strange creature in the shed which can be interpreted in many ways introduced some to the recurrent themes of David Almond’s writing. Infused with a touch of magic ...

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