The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

The Iron Man

Written by Ted Hughes

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One of the greatest modern fairy stories, this tells of the strange giant Iron Man who appears from nowhere and begins a reign of terror throughout the countryside as he smashes up the farmers’ tractors and diggers. How the farmers try to bring down the Iron Man and how his powers end up being used to save the world in a fight against the space-bat-angel-dragon unfolds in this brilliant and mysterious story.

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This classic has been chosen by Simon Bartram, September 2010 Guest Editor: "This is a strange tale about a giant iron man that roams around the land satisfying his appetite be eating farm machinery and scrap metal. The humans are scared of what they don't understand and plot the Iron Man's demise. Soon however, the realise that they need his help when a sinister visitor from outer space threatens the entire world. Throughout the book there are power struggles and conflicts until ultimately peace is secured by the Iron Man's bravery and wisdom. From the first page to the last, you are on his side."

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Hughes holds readers wide-eyed with this short, spare tale of a gigantic iron-eating robot that appears from nowhere and frightens all the villagers but young Hogarth, an observant boy who understands the Iron Man's needs. Is the Iron Man a threat, or will he protect the world against a fearful amorphous terror from Outer Space? A thrilling, suspenseful tale told by a poet.


The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.


'Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales.'

; 'Hughes has never written more compellingly.

About the Author

Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes was born on 17 August 1930 in Mytholmroyd, a small mill town in West Yorkshire. His father made portable wooden buildings. The family moved to Mexborough, a coal-mining town in South Yorkshire, when Hughes was seven. His parents took over a newsagent and tobacconist shop, and eventually he went to the local grammar school.

In 1948 Hughes won an Open Exhibition to Pembroke College, Cambridge. Before going there, he served two years National Service in the Royal Air Force. Between leaving Cambridge and becoming a teacher, he worked at various jobs, finally as a script-reader for Rank at their Pinewood Studios.

In 1956 Hughes married the American poet Sylvia Plath, who died in 1963, and they had two children. He remarried in 1970. He was awarded the OBE in 1977, created Poet Laureate in December 1984 and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1998. He died in October 1998.

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80 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Faber And Faber

Publication date

29th April 2005




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