Melvin Burgess - Author Picture

Melvin Burgess - Author

Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell's animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories - "it was about the first time I'd ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped." After leaving school, Melvin moved to Bristol where he worked on occasional jobs, mainly in the building industry, and was often unemployed. He started writing in his twenties and wrote on and off for the next fifteen years before The Cry of the Wolf was published in 1990. He moved to London in 1983 and began a small business marbling fabrics for the fashion industry. 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.

Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature. 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. Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner.

Photo credit: John Coombes

If you like Melvin Burgess you might also like to read books by Aidan Chambers, Robert Swindells and Robert Cormier.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Melvin Burgess

Sara's Face
Melvin Burgess
Sara's Face is a chilling exploration of the dark extremes of fame, plastic surgery and obsession.
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Persist
Melvin Burgess - illustrated by Cathy Brett
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 In just 54 short pages Melvyn Burgess creates a drama that encompasses a whole life. Trapped in a coma, Marianne doesn't know who she is anymore, and no longer feels like a person at...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2015
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Junk
Melvin Burgess
Winner of the 1996 CILIP Carnegie Medal When it was published in 1996 it created a Storm of Protest - especially from those who didn't bother to read it. The book, however, is credible, honest, realistic, moving and sympathetic -...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Bloodsong
Melvin Burgess
Not suitable for younger readers A sequel to Bloodtide, Bloodsong revisits the two families and their London setting. War has now wholly destroyed the city. Of the Volson's, only fifteen year old Sigurd remains. Defenceless without the knife given...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Bloodtide
Melvin Burgess
Not suitable for younger readers Award-winning Melvin Burgess packs an enormous punch in this gripping, brilliant and scarily dark futuristic saga. He shies away from nothing in his story of the Volsons and the Connors, two powerful families...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Reader ReviewedThe Hit
Melvin Burgess
April 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning Melvin Burgess sets out a thrilling proposal: what if there were a drug which gave you the chance to have the very best time of your life for one week after which is...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2013
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

An Angel for May
Melvin Burgess
Award winning Melvin Burgess tells a gripping time-slip story shot through with mystery and a hint of the supernatural. Tam, furious with his own lot in life following his parents' divorce, storms up to the ruined farm on the hill...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2013
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

The Baby and Fly Pie
Melvin Burgess
Award-winning Melvin Burgess is at his most tender in this thought provoking and deeply moving story. Sham and Fly Pie make their living on the rubbish tip. Scavenging for Mother Shelly they pick up this and that and Fly Pie...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Burning Issy
Melvin Burgess
Carnegie-prize winning Melvin Burgess brings the past to life in this atmospheric story of witchcraft in seventeenth-century England. Haunted by terrible dreams Issy has to find out about her past and about her true nature. Brought up infused with the...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

The Cry of the Wolf
Melvin Burgess
Highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. It was a mistake for Ben to tell the Hunter that there were still wolves in Surrey. For the Hunter was a fanatic, always on the lookout for unusual prey. Driven by an ambition...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2011
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Kill All Enemies
Melvin Burgess
A brilliant, intense and important book for everyone who cares about the real lives of many young people. The award winning author of Junk, Melvin Burgess, is at his very best in this hard hitting and deeply touching story...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Nicholas Dane
Melvin Burgess
Carnegie-prize winning author, Melvin Burgess, has written a long-awaited new novel. This compelling story of a teenager caught in a corrupt 1980s care home is a powerful study of a particularly highly charged and distressing subject and one that is...
Lovereading Price: £7.99 - Saving £2.00 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2010
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Nicholas Dane
Melvin Burgess
Carnegie-prize winning author, Melvin Burgess, has written a long-awaited new novel. This compelling story of a teenager caught in a corrupt 1980s care home is a powerful study of a particularly highly charged and distressing subject and one that is...
Lovereading Price: £10.39 - Saving £2.60 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2009
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Sara's Face
Melvin Burgess
As ever, Melvin Burgess makes readers think. Sara signs up for a face transplant but is it her who wants it or, is she being pushed into doing it against her will by the scarred pop-star who wants her face?...
Lovereading Price: £7.99 - Saving £2.00 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/01/2008
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Sara's Face
Melvin Burgess
This is young adult fiction at its challenging and thrilling best - and Melvin Burgess has yet again struck a chord with a teenager's world. The issue of cosmetic surgery is brought sharply into focus and in such a way that the...
Lovereading Price: £8.79 - Saving £2.20 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2006
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Bloodsong
Melvin Burgess
Not suitable for younger readers Melvin Burgess is justly regarded as the Godfather of Young Adult fiction in the UK. He doesn't disappoint with this work of mind-bending imagination and power, in which myth, magic and science fiction...
Lovereading Price: £10.39 - Saving £2.60 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2005
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Junk
Melvin Burgess
Carnegie winner in 1996. When it was published in 1996 it created a Storm of Protest - especially from those who didn't bother to read it. The book, however, is credible, honest, realistic, moving and sympathetic - not...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 06/03/2003
Info Extract Wishlist Compare price Buy

Loading other books by Melvin Burgess...


Author Info

Author's Website

www.melvinburgess.net/

Author's Facebook

Find Melvin Burgess on Facebook

Author's Facebook Latest

Did you know

At Lovereading4kids you can download and read an Opening Extract and an online review of books by Melvin Burgess and hundreds of other authors.


It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

I love all the books they recommend & put up for me to review. I also love the fact that they give new authors the chance to share their boo

Daisy Pennock – age 15

I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.

Angela East

I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

It has introduced my children to books we hadn’t come across before. Real children’s reviews gives a great insight into what others think to

Lorraine Woods

At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

Love “Lovereading4kids” as my son gets to hear about & read new books before his mates which keeps him interested in reading=a very happy Mum

Liz Evans
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools