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Robert Swindells - Author

Robert E. "Bob" Swindells (born 20 March 1939) is an author of children's and young adult literature. Born in Bradford, the first of five children, Swindells worked for a local newspaper after leaving school aged 15. He served with the Royal Air Force and held various jobs before training as a teacher. His first novel, When Darkness Comes (1973), was written as his thesis while in training. Swindells combined writing with teaching until 1980 when he took up writing full-time. He first won the Children's Book Award with Brother in the Land (1985), a novel set in a post-apocalyptic world. Swindells was a supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and is quoted as saying that the work "... came out of my own anger and frustration ... you can't kill selectively with nuclear weapons, you wipe out millions of people ..." Swindells also won the award for Room 13 (1990), Nightmare Stairs (Short novel, 1998) and Blitzed (Younger readers, 2003). His young adult novel Stone Cold (1993), which dealt with homelessness, won the Carnegie Medal in 1994. Swindells is married, lives in Yorkshire and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

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Knife Edge
Robert Swindells
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: thought-provoking examination of an important social issue | Robert Swindells is a skilful storyteller and expert at writing about issues that matter to young people. 14 year old Sam...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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The First Hunter
Robert Swindells - illustrated by Si Clark
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8 In a nutshell: action-filled, thought-provoking story set in the Stone Age. In urgent, staccato prose Robert Swindells transports readers back to the Stone Age for a gripping story of early hunters. Tan and his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2016
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Stone Cold
Robert Swindells
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult TruthsStone Cold is a Carnegie Medal-winning thriller by Robert Swindells. It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. A tense thriller plot is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Just a Bit of Fun
Robert Swindells
Interest Age 14+ Reading Age 8+. Perfect to enjoy around Halloween, in fact at any time when you want to read something more than a bit scary. Harley loses his little brother and sister out trick or treating, but when...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2009
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The First Hunter
Robert Swindells
Interest Teen Reading Age 8+. Powerfully told, The First Hunter captures the harsh world of early hunters who survive by stealing the meat that the big cats kill. But can they develop a skill of their own which will enable...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/06/2009
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Shrapnel
Robert Swindells
A gripping wartime drama from master storyteller and multi award-winner Robert Swindells. World War Two is raging, bombs rain down on Britain and brave young men fly their fighter planes against enormous odds. Gordon wishes he was one of them unlike...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2009
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Brother In The Land
Robert Swindells
An after-the bomb story. Teenage Danny is one of the unlucky ones, a survivor, one of those who have come through a nuclear holocaust alive. In Shipley, an ordinary town in the North of England, there are still some other...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 01/12/1994
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