Clockwise to Titan by Elon Dann
  

Clockwise to Titan

Written by Elon Dann
Part of the Clockwise to Titan Series

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April 2013 Debut of the Month Debut novel from a highly creative UK author with an ingenious imagination...like the prison-break movie The Shawshank Redemption for young readers. This is a story of hope, peril and the fight against tyranny. A brilliant novel that's a perfect book for adventurous young readers.

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Synopsis

Clockwise to Titan by Elon Dann

Mo, Harete and Moth are on the run. Chased by the tyrannical forces of the Institute, they follow a line of pylons towards the Other country and the hope of freedom. Winter tightens its grip and escape seems impossible. As the children weave together stories from their past, present and imaginations, the truth becomes harder and harder to bear. Chased by rabid dogs, hounded by Marshals with guns, and hiding from military helicopters, only the long line of wires and the lure of another way of life pulls them towards their goal.

Reviews

Clockwise to Titan is an amazing read for young readers about friendship, adventure and survival from a talented debut... Expect more great things from this author. * We Love this Book * CLOCKWISE TO TITAN is a strong, tightly-plotted debut. * Booktrust * CLOCKWISE TO TITAN is an unusual story, and the setting and characters are quite unlike any in other teen books published of late...a good debut novel, and is certainly a break from the norm * Inis Magazine *

About the Author

Elon Dann

Elon Dann grew up in rural Lincolnshire, where his childhood was one of 'sensational boredom and ordinariness set against eye-strainingly wide fields of barley on which V-bombers cast triangular shadows'. Television educated him, although he did attend the local grammar school for appearance's sake. At eighteen he left Lincolnshire for Manchester, where he studied Physics and idolised Bertrand Russell and Kurt Vonnegut. After a spell of being an academic, Elon has worked in various IT jobs. He now lives with his wife and two children in Worcestershire. At the weekend he enjoys voluntary litter-picking, 'sifting through the cast-off waste of society like a lanky Womble'.

Clockwise to Titan is Elon's first book.

A Q&A with the Author....

What inspires your writing?

Boredom. It’s a very necessary and underrated condition. Boredom drives me towards toying with words and memories and assembling scenes and characters around them. It’s like a glacier, an unstoppable blank force that pushes all before it as it chisels out new landscapes and deposits erratic detritus over the terrain. Regrettably, together with a clear view of the night sky, boredom is a creative luxury that technology seems determined to eradicate.

What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?

Reading over the first chapter I wrote and thinking, “What the bloody hell happens next?”

How did you first become an author?

During my day job I take a walk at lunchtime. To pass the time, I made up a story over many months based around the things I could see around me – the pylons, the fields. Eventually I dared myself to write it down.

What are you reading right now? Adrian McKinty’s “The Dead Yard”, “Lost Languages” by Andrew Robinson and “Prime Obsession” by John Derbyshire.

What was your earliest career aspiration? I used to watch Carl Sagan and Johnny Ball on the television, and my mum gave a name to what fascinated me – physics. That set the direction for all my school and university studies. This was a shame, because my work as a scientist stank like something recovered from a gravel pit by police divers.

What advice would you give to budding writers? As if I’m qualified...think of a person you know well and imagine them reading your work. Do what you can to make them turn the page, to enthral them.

What was your favourite childhood book? Jan Mark’s “Thunder and Lightnings”. It’s still in print.

Where is your favourite place to write? As long as I have ample room to pace about whilst thinking, anywhere reasonably quiet will do.

How do you read- print, digitally or both? I can see the benefits of digital books, but our house is strictly paper - if it weren’t for the bookshelves, I’d have to decorate.

Who do you most admire? Where to begin? Spike Milligan, Kurt Vonnegut, the Apollo astronauts, Karlo Stajner...

Are there any books you wish you had written? That’s like asking if there are any other lives I wish I’d lived. A great many, but then someone else would have to live mine, and they wouldn’t know where I’d put the car keys.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
352 pages
Interest Age: From 13 to 15 years

Author

Elon Dann
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Hot Key Books

Publication date

4th April 2013

ISBN

9781471400957

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