The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

The Iron Man

Written by Ted Hughes
Illustrated by Laura Carlin

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018

This beautiful paperback celebrates 50 years of Ted Hughes’ classic tale - One of the most dramatic and exciting stories of all time, this classic modern fairy story by the former Poet Laureate takes on the biggest theme of all time: how the world can be saved. Here, it is the strange Iron Man, an enormous creature who arrives unexpectedly and terrorises a community by destroying everything he comes across. But later, when a terrifying monster from out space arrives, the Iron Man fights him to the death and becomes a hero when he saves the planet from total destruction. Told in short chapters it is perfect for reading aloud as well as reading alone. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

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

Celebrating 50 years of Ted Hughes' classic tale, Laura Carlin's award-winning illustrations are now available in an elegant, gifty paperback. Part modern fairy tale, part science-fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant "metal man" who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and Hogarth and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome "space-bat-angel-dragon" from outer space. Ted Hughes' classic tale, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is part of an exciting collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.


"A classic is something utterly strange and original, and yet as deeply familiar and necessary as your own hands. The Iron Man is like no other story in the world and, fifty years after its first publication, we need it as much as ever." -- Philip Pullman

"A stunning production ... spectacular" The Sunday Times

"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales." - Observer

"Hughes has never written more compellingly." - The Times

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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128 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 12 years


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st February 2018




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