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Robert Swindells Robert Swindells
 

Carnegie Medal Winner and Costa Shortlisted Author

'A powerful, thrilling writer' Independent on Sunday

Multi-award winning author Robert Swindells' first published book began life as a thesis for his teacher training finals at Huddersfield Polytechnic. He is now one of the most compelling and admired children's fiction writers of his generation, having won The Carnegie Medal for STONE COLD and The Children's Book Award twice with ROOM 13 and BROTHER IN THE LAND.

Robert's writing has covered a wide range of topics, often with a mystical, unexplained theme - from the mysterious floating monsters in a tank in HYDRA, to ghostly creatures in an old railway tunnel in THE THOUSAND EYES OF NIGHT, on to the terrifying journey of passengers in THE LAST BUS. The Whitbread nominated ABOMINATION and 1999 Sheffield Book Award Overall Prize Winner tells the story of Martha and her family's very dark secret.

Robert also likes to base his books on his own experiences. THE GO-AHEAD GANG is a collection of true tales based on his childhood group of friends. While researching STONE COLD, Robert slept rough and lived the life of a homeless person in London for three nights. Ghost stories told on a school trip were the inspiration for ROOM 13, which is now in 12 translations.

Robert's young adult novels have been acclaimed for their gritty realism and his ability to capture pertinent societal issues. His corgi titles for 9-12 like BLITZED, THE SHADE OF HETTIE DAYNES and 2009ís SHRAPNEL continue to provide quality page turning reads. SNAPSHOT, SNAKEBITE, BURNOUT and KNIFE EDGE are Robertís thrilling quartet of urban novels for Barrington Stoke.

Robert prefers to write: "the kind of books I would have liked to read as a child." He left school at fifteen. He worked on a local paper and then joined the RAF at 17 for three years. He then worked in a variety of jobs before training and working as a teacher. Robert now writes full time and lives with his wife on the Yorkshire moors near Haworth. He has two grown up daughters and two grandchildren.

 

Publications
The Outfit The Outfit

These popular mysteries by award winning author Robert Swindells will be re-issued by Award in May 2014.

'The gang of country children plus dog have adventures stuffed with ghosts and baddies which remain deliciously scary while morally irreproachable' Daily Telegraph

Award Publications    Translation:JLA    Approx 20,000 words

The Deep End The Deep End

Jake's sister Lisa has a chance at Olympic glory in the swimming pool - or she did, until the council decide to close the local baths! Could a protest change their minds? Thought-provoking drama.

A SKULL IN SHADOWS LANE A Skull In Shadows Lane

The Second World War is over. Nothing ever happens in Josh and Jinty's tiny village - until their trip down Shadows Lane. There, within the walls of an isolated, crumbling cottage something - someone is hiding. A tense and chilling tale of human adversity.

40,000 words    Random House    Age 9-12

Blackout Blackout

Itís September 1939 and Biritain has just entered the second world war. But in Tom, Mary, Guy and Dilís small home town the whole thing is a disappointment. They want a bit of excitement. But they arenít looking for trouble so when they start shadowing the mysterious new woman in town, they donít expect it to lead them down to the bottom of the old, rotton mines of Golfod. Then things get dark and dangerous.

40,000 words        Age 9-12

The Shade of Hettie Daynes Shivers

If you expect a ghost, you see a ghost... That's what Bethan tells herself when her brother takes her to see it at the reservoir. But she really can see it: a pale figure floating over the water. Local legend says that the ghost is the shade of Hettie Daynes, an ancestor of their family, who vanished over a hundred years ago. If so, what does she want? And why is she appearing now? Harry and Bethan and their friends Rob and Alison are determined to find out.

A deliciously shivery ghost tale from a multi award winner.

Random House Publishers        Age 9-12

Shrapnel Shrapnel

World war Two is raging and bombs are raining down from the sky. When Gordon finds a revolver hidden in his parents' house he decides to track his brother down. But when he finds Raymond, Gordon gets more than he bargained for. Raymond claims to be a secret government agent and enlists Gordon to help. Gordon wants to do his bit for the war effort but is Raymond luring him into terrible danger?

A gripping wartime drama.

Random House Publishers        Age 9-12        Jan 2009

 

Age 9-12 Corgi Paperbacks

WORLD EATER
THE THOUSAND EYES OF NIGHT
ROOM THIRTEEN
INSIDE THE WORM
HYDRA
NIGHTMARE STAIRS
ABOMINATION
JACQUELINE HYDE
INVISIBLE!
A WISH FOR WINGS
RUBY TANYA
BLITZED
IN THE NICK OF TIME
THE SHADE OF HETTIE DAYNES
SHRAPNEL

 

Young Adult Titles

BROTHER IN THE LAND
A SERPENT'S TOOTH
DAZ 4 ZOE
FOLLOW A SHADOW
STONE COLD
UNBELIEVER
SMASH!
DOSH
WRECKED
NO ANGELS
BRANDED