The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

The Iron Man

Written by Ted Hughes
Part of the Faber Children's Classics Series

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One of the most dramatic and exciting stories of all time, this classic modern fairy story by the former Poet Laureate takes on the biggest theme of all time: how the world can be saved. Here, it is the strange Iron Man, an enormous creature who arrives unexpectedly and terrorises a community by destroying everything he comes across. But later, when a terrifying monster from out space arrives, the Iron Man fights him to the death and becomes a hero when he saves the planet from total destruction. Told in short chapters it is perfect for reading aloud as well as reading alone.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Hughes holds readers wide-eyed with this short, spare tale of a gigantic iron-eating robot that appears from nowhere and frightens all the villagers but young Hogarth, an observant boy who understands the Iron Man's needs. Is the Iron Man a threat, or will he protect the world against a fearful amorphous terror from Outer Space? A thrilling, suspenseful tale told by a poet.


The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.


‘One of the greatest of modern fairy tales.’ Observer

‘Hughes has never written more compellingly.’ The Times

About the Author

Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes was born on 17 August 1930 in Mytholmroyd, a small mill town in West Yorkshire. His father made portable wooden buildings. The family moved to Mexborough, a coal-mining town in South Yorkshire, when Hughes was seven. His parents took over a newsagent and tobacconist shop, and eventually he went to the local grammar school.

In 1948 Hughes won an Open Exhibition to Pembroke College, Cambridge. Before going there, he served two years National Service in the Royal Air Force. Between leaving Cambridge and becoming a teacher, he worked at various jobs, finally as a script-reader for Rank at their Pinewood Studios.

In 1956 Hughes married the American poet Sylvia Plath, who died in 1963, and they had two children. He remarried in 1970. He was awarded the OBE in 1977, created Poet Laureate in December 1984 and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1998. He died in October 1998.

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144 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber

Publication date

7th November 2013




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