Airman by Eoin Colfer


Written by Eoin Colfer

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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award. A fabulous blood racing story that blends adventure, fantasy, history and science fiction and then dusts it with humour: Conor’s destiny is to fly but no one knew that all too soon he’d be flying for real – to save his life!

What the Carnegie Award judges said:

'This is a rollicking read; a terrific tale of derring-do in which Colfer combines brilliant plotting with his customary humour and strong well-rounded characterisation. There is plenty to enjoy in the understated irony and the excellent descriptions of historical gadgets and inventions, but this book also has a convincing and engaging emotional reality.'

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Airman by Eoin Colfer

One dark night on the island of Great Saltee, fourteen-year-old Conor is framed for a terrible crime he didn't commit. Thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain, Conor is trapped in a sea swept dungeon and branded a traitor. He must escape and clear his name, he wants his old life back - his family, his friends... and his princess.


Praise for Airman: 'Swashbuckling high adventure ... His strongest work yet' - Guardian 'Better fun than this will be hard to come by' - The Times 'A classic swashbuckling adventure' - Irish Independent Review Praise for other books by Eoin Colfer: 'Wickedly brilliant' - Independent (on Artemis Fowl) 'As ever, Colfer's story rattles along at a tremendous pace with a cast of eccentric and explosive characters' - Guardian (on The Supernaturalist) 'Unputdownable' - Irish Times (on Half Moon Investigations)

About the Author

Eoin Colfer

Both Eoin Colfer’s parents were teachers and young Eoin was taught by his dad Billy at Wexford’s Christian Brothers primary. Eoin remembers his dad’s presence in school as “witty…[he] made school fun.” Colfer junior’s first attempt at serious writing came in the sixth grade. “I wrote a play for the class about Norse Gods. Everyone died in the end except me.”

Eoin followed in his parents’ footsteps and trained to be a teacher but his writing didn't stop and his first book, Benny and Omar, appeared in 1999 and instantly achieved bestselling status in Ireland. Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

Apart from the hugely successful Artemis Fowl series his books include The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World, And another thing.... and his most recent adventure novel W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin.

Eoin Colfer was nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award.

picture copyright Michael Paynter.

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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT EOIN COLFER... Praise for Artemis Fowl

“Wildly original… and you thought fairy stories were just for kids.” - T2 (The Telegraph)

“It’s a highly original adventure story with an action-packed plot which twists and turns right to the end – a kind of William Gibson meets the Hobbit/Irish Legends. It has all the right ingredients.” Marc Lambert, Children’s Programme Director at the Edinburgh Festival

“Make sure you buy it!” Denise Van Outen, Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast

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432 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

1st January 2009




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