Artemis Fowl: Book 1 by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: Book 1

Written by Eoin Colfer
Part of the Artemis Fowl Series

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Best-selling Artemis Fowl has enchanted and delighted readers for a decade. Half hero, half villain and wholly brainy, although still only a boy, Artemis is a criminal mastermind who has a very daring scheme in mind. Can he steal what he wants from the fairy world and get away with it? Artemis will stop at nothing less…Full of tricks, plots, secret codes and fantastical characters including Holly Short, Mulch Diggums and Foaly and propelled by outrageous cheek sprinkled with the touch of very special magic, Artemis Fowl is a book to love forever.

Although only twelve years old, Artemis Fowl is already famous as a criminal master-mind. But, when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrechaun unit in his ruthless bid to steal the fairy gold, he finds he has gone a step too far. In the headlong adventure that follows, Artemis discovers that fairies are not the creatures that he had been expecting.

Fast paced and packed with one joke after another, Artemis fowl is irresistible humour for young readers.

John Walsh, author and Independent columnist: "Lively, amoral, wildly imaginative debut (six more followed) about the money-grabbing master-criminal Artemis, 12. The author called it 'Die Hard with fairies'."

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Artemis Fowl: Book 1 by Eoin Colfer

What the author says: "At the centre of Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind from North Dublin who attempts to raise money by holding a leprechaun to ransom. Artemis is an anti-hero with definite edge. Eoin says he has always been attracted to dark characters, from Moriarty in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories to Darth Vader. “I had the idea of creating an anti-hero,” says Eoin, “a boy who was witty and sarcastic, always out for his own good. Once or twice he is mistakenly accused of a noble motive but, in fact, he’s always in it for the money."

Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he's taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit). For a start, leprechaun technology is more advanced than our own. Add to that the fact that Holly is a true heroine and that her senior officer Commander Root will stop at nothing to get her back and you've got the mother of all sieges brewing!

You can see Eoin in this video for a special Artemis Fowl 10th Anniversary event...


'Artemis is a brilliant creation' - Anthony Horowitz

'A huge hit' - The Guardian

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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320 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

7th April 2011




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