Sunday, 1 June 2008

Bibliography and Book of the week - Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go is a first novel for young adults by Patrick Ness, an American born writer who has been living in the UK for a number of years. The book is the first in a projected fantasy trilogy - a format which is now very common, and does not always indicate quality - but in this case the book has received a considerable amount of attention and very good reviews. It has also been longlisted for the Guardian Childrens' Fiction Prize. The Prize was funded in 1967, and has a tradition of finding new voices in children's fiction before the rest of the world is aware of them. Past winners include Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson and Mark Haddon.

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town full of men, a town where everyone can hear your thoughts and Todd finds out he doesn't fit in with the town's plans as he approaches the birthday that will make him a man. The town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run... "The Knife of Never Letting Go" is an unflinching novel about the impossible choices of growing up. Signed, lined and dated copies currently available for £12.99!


The Crash of Hennington (Flamingo, 2003)

Topics About Which I Know Nothing (Flamingo, 2004) - short stories, paperback original

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Walker Books, 2008)
The Ask and the Answer (Walker Books, 2009)
Monsters of Men (Walker Books, 2010)
A Monster Calls (Walker Books, 2011)

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