Melvin Burgess


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Agent: Caradoc King
Associate: Millie Hoskins
Assistant: Kat Aitken


Melvin Burgess was born in 1954 and was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. He started writing in his twenties, and wrote on and off for fifteen years before having his first book, THE CRY OF THE WOLF, published in 1990. 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: THE CRY OF THE WOLF, AN ANGEL FOR MAY, THE BABY AND FLY PIE and THE GHOST BEHIND THE WALL. Melvin Burgess now writes full-time and lives in Yorkshire.

According to the Guardian, 'In the UK, fiction for "young adults" has grown hugely over the past decade...The godfather of this new fiction is Melvin Burgess.'


Twenty years since it was first published, JUNK was awarded the YA Book Prize special achievement award.


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UK: Random House/Hammer

A new drug is out. Everyone is talking about it. The Hit. Take it, and you have one amazing week to live. It's the ultimate high - at the ultimate price.

Adam is tempted. Life is rubbish: his girlfriend's over him, his brother's gone. So what's he got to lose? Everything, as it turns out. It's up to his girlfriend Lizzie to show him...



World All Languages: Puffin

Everyone says fourteen year-old Billie is nothing but trouble. A fighter. A danger to her family and friends. But her care worker sees someone different.

Her classmate Rob is big, strong. He can take care of himself and his brother. But his violent stepdad sees someone to humiliate.

And Chris is struggling at school. He just doesn't want to be there. But his dad sees a useless no-hoper.

Billie, Rob and Chris each have a story to tell. But there are two-sides to every story and the queston is... who do you believe?



HB: Andersen Press PB: Puffin

Sarah is going to have a face transplant. She has allowed herself to be drawn into the orbit of a highly manipulative and ruthless pop-star. He is going to take her discarded face to cover his own scarred and damaged one. But, as the time of the operation approaches, those closest to her suspect that Sarah is changing her mind. Is she being pressured into it? Is the wealthy pop-star her benefactor - or her gaoler?


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UK: Random House/Hammer

Beth should be just like any other student. Living away from home for the first time, her life should be a haze of boozy nights out and snoozing through morning lectures. Except Beth is beginning to realise that she isn’t normal. She has started to wake up each morning with dirt under her fingernails, an insatiable appetite, and the unmistakeable smell of death follows her everywhere. Either this is the mother of all hangovers, or some more sinister force is at work - and when bodies start to go missing from a nearby graveyard, Beth fears that this cannot be a coincidence. Unable to control or understand what’s happening to her, she enlists the help of her friends to work out the truth – but none of them is prepared for what they are about to discover.

HUNGER is a gripping horror story from YA author Melvin Burgess that delves into a shadowy realm of violent bodies and supernatural curses. Maybe some things are best left buried…



Barrington Stoke

It’s the story of Marianne, who lies in a comma and is just starting to regain her memory at the same time that the doctors, and even her mother, are beginning to give up hope. But although Marianne has memories, she doesn’t yet realise who it is who is doing the remembering. The doctors want to turn of her life support. Will she realise in time to save her life?