Angel by Cliff Mcnish


Written by Cliff Mcnish

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A brilliant and powerful novel from the highly-acclaimed author of Breathe Cliff McNish. It’s a novel about obsession, a theme that will strike strong chords with tween and teenage readers and also about family, friends, school and bullying. With all the originality and inventiveness of McNish's vividly realised fantasy worlds – angels and angelic powers - it also combines almost seamlessly with a contemporary and realistic setting.


Angel by Cliff Mcnish

It's been many years since fourteen-year-old Freya's life was ruled by an obsession with angels - an obsession which destroyed her family. She hasa burgeoning social life at school, and feels adjusted in the world. But thenthe angels return, and Freya discovers that she herself is a guardianangel. What makes matters worse is the arrival of the strange new girl,Stephanie, who craves for herself the angelic power that Freya resists.Learning to harness this difficult new friendship and her otherworldlyabilities are complicated tasks, fraught with difficult decisions to make anddangerous situations to negotiate. Every time Freya helps one of herwards, she puts her own life at risk. And then there are her fellow angels -understanding what they want from her is perhaps the hardest task of all.


Outstanding prose is married to a suspenseful plot and a quiet humour. -- Amanda Craig THE TIMES Stands out for its original subject and plot ...Each book takes McNish into new territory, and this one is both assured and thought-provoking. -- Nikki Gamble THE BOOKSELLER Tense, quirky and highly individual, this story has plenty going for it. -- Nicholas Tucker TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT A deft construction - McNish vividly portrays two worlds in the light of each other, creating a thin space between them that makes for a moving and thought provoking tale. BOOKS FOR KEEPS What a book. I simply couldn't put it down ... a highly charged look at personal spirituality... the writing is effortless and elegant and as it slips between character perspectives, Angel never loses an air of authenticity. And at moments, it reaches the sublime. I loved it. THE BOOKBAG A fascinating read. CAROUSEL This neat combination of teen angst and behavioural ethics is complex and charged. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH This unusual fantasy is made plausible by a very strong depiction of the underpinning pattern of teenage anxieties and everyday angst. -- Lesley Agnew THE BOOKSELLER Haunting and thought-provoking CY MAG A fantastic read. -- Jo Griffiths WATERSTONES If you love stories about friendship, this one's a must! BLISS

About the Author

Cliff Mcnish

Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland, but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His daughter Rachel loved listening to his stories from an early age. THE DOOMSPELL started as one of these. 'But before I knew what was happening,' says Cliff, 'the whole magical world of Ithrea just wanted to come to life in a bigger way. It wanted to live!'

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

1st April 2008




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