Pastworld by Ian Beck


Written by Ian Beck

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Take a thrilling journey into the past in this clever time slip mystery which, written in different voices from different times, takes its readers from a dystopian future to a Dickensian past. Caleb is on a tourist trip to the future when his father is kidnapped and he is accused of murder. Eve comes from Pastworld and knows nothing of contemporary life. From different worlds Caleb and Eve find themselves caught up in the murderer’s wicked plans and escape will not be easy.

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Pastworld by Ian Beck

Startling and original, Ian Beck's vision of a world in which people are pawns and your future is predestined by place of birth makes compelling reading.


'Well-paced with more twists than the Fantom's slippery path' - The Bookseller

'Ian Beck ... has crafted an exciting steampunk novel that blends Dickens and Conan Doyle with Michael Crichton and 'V for Vendetta' to good effect' - James Lovegrove, Financial Times

'Superb; truly atmospheric, truly mysterious and truly a thriller' - School Librarian

About the Author

Ian Beck

Ian Beck was born in Hove on the Sussex coast in 1947. At the age of thirteen, after seeing an exhibition of drawings for the Radio Times, he was fired with enthusiasm about illustration and began attending Saturday painting classes at the nearby Brighton College of Art.

Ian has worked in many fields of illustration. He's been involved in the record industry, and painted the cover of one of the most popular records of all time: Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. One of Ian's titles, Lost in Snow, was made into an animated film for TV and his books have now sold a million copies worldwide.

Q & A with Ian Beck

1. When did you first start to write stories or draw?

2. In general, where do your ideas come from?

3. What made you write this book?

4. What have you enjoyed most about working on this book?

5. What is your earliest memory?

6. What did you enjoy most at school?

7. Of all the places you have lived, where have you felt most at home and why?

8. Is there a particular holiday destination that you have visited that you would love to return to?

9. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your pets, past or present?

10. What would you say is your greatest talent?

11. What new skill – it can be anything at all – would you love to learn?

12. What is the most unusual job you have done?

13. What is your most treasured possession?

14. Is there a particular book, author, or film that had a great impact on you in your childhood?

15. What are your hobbies?

Listening to film music and going to the cinema as often as possible.

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368 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Publication date

5th July 2010




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