A Short Stay in Purgatory by Alan Durant


A Short Stay in Purgatory by Alan Durant

In these twelve stories, enter teenage purgatory at its most honest, and meet a whole host of characters you'll quickly recognise: a secret admirer, burning up with jealousy and desire; Karen, confronting her anxiety about pregnancy; Alex, contemplating life after school; or maybe Suze, looking forward to her first sexual experience with mixed feelings. Ranging in mood from high comedy to deep pathos, Alan Durant's intense short stories capture the sweet delight and bitter misery of hormone-charged youth...


These direct, strong stories held my attention completely TES Durant's vivid, simple language brings to life a range of poignant and beautiful experiences Independent

About the Author

Alan Durant

Alan Durant is the author of books for a wide age-range, from picture books such as Burger Boy to top-end teenage thrillers. He also writes prize-winning poetry.

He was born in Surrey, went to Trinity School in Croydon and then to Keble College, Oxford to read English. Having worked as a copywriter at Walker Books, he is now a full-time author. He’s married, with three children and lives just outside London. He does a lot of school visits throughout the UK and abroad and also runs writing workshops.

In 2007 he won the Portsmouth Children's Picture Book Award for Burger Boy and the Stockport Children's Book Award for Football Fever. He has won the Kingston Borough/Waterstone's Poetry Prize on two occasions. In 2008 he won The Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for Billy Monster's Daymare which also won the 2009 Portsmouth Children's Book Award.

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128 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

1st May 1997



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