Crowboy by David Calcutt
  

Crowboy

Written by David Calcutt

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Full of mystery and the unknown, this is a futuristic thriller charting the role Crowboy, a boy with special powers can play in helping to diffuse the gang warfare in a troubled city.

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Synopsis

Crowboy by David Calcutt

The city will fall, and fall soon. And when it happens - well, I've seen it before, and I don't want to see it again. I shouldn't think Joey does either. So I just hope that whatever he's brought us here for, we can be done with it and away again before the soldiers get in. They don't leave anything standing or anybody living. Mal doesn't know why they're heading into the city. But Joey has decided they must. And Joey, she knows, has a very special power...Inside the city, she's not the only one interested in Joey. Two rival gangs both see the arrival of this strange visionary boy - the Crowboy - as a chance to gain supremacy. But is Joey really so special? As the war tightens its grip on the city, the gangs are forced into a final conflict. It is time for the true purpose of the Crowboy to be revealed.

About the Author

David Calcutt

David Calcutt was born in Wednesbury, West Midlands, in 1950, and now lives in Walsall. He taught in schools for ten years, then was a Community Arts Director for three years. He is now a freelance playwright and storyteller. The main influences on his work are myth and folk-tale. "Those ancient myths have provided us with some of our greatest works of literature, art, music and theatre...."

Q & A on Shadow Bringer with David Calcutt

1. What inspired you to write Shadow Bringer?

2. Describe it in two lines?

3. How long did it take you to write?

4. What do you think people will say about this book?

5. Are you working on something else at the moment?

6. What is your favourite food?

7. What makes you laugh out loud?

8. What is your one luxury item you would take with you on to a Desert Island?

9. What is your most treasured memory?

10. What is your weakness?

11. What is the worst/most unusual job you have ever done?

12. What is your most embarrassing moment?

13. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

14. What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone?

15. Last album brought? First album ever brought?

The first that I bought myself was, I think, “The Times They Are A-Changin’” by Bob Dylan. The most recent is “Elegy of the Uprooting” by the Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou. The Greeks call her the tenth muse. She is.

“Njal’s Saga” by an anonymous and brilliant Icelandic writer, and “Light in August” by William Faulkner. Also Ted Hughes’ poetry - but then I’m always reading this.

The music from “The Third Man”. Orson Welles. In fact I’d rather be in that film.

The Greek island of Lesvos

Shakespeare, Ted Hughes, Dylan Thomas, William Golding, Nikos Kazantzakis, George Seferis, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Flannery O’ Connor, Jorge Luis Borges, John Steinbeck, James Joyce.

“Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson

My bike, and whatever notebook I happen to be writing in.

I’m pretty happy in most places.

Chocolate digestives.

Too many to list. Stupidity’s probably at the top.

I’d be less quick to judge, and work harder

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Format

Paperback
240 pages

Author

David Calcutt
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th February 2008

ISBN

9780192727497

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