The Angel Collector by Bali Rai


The Angel Collector by Bali Rai

It's eight months since Sophie went missing from a music festival in the summer after her GCSEs. The police search has lead nowhere and Jit, Sophie's best friend and soulmate, is going slowly crazy not knowing what's happened to her. He has to do something. So, he starts on a search that will take him all over Britain, following the clues he finds after tracking down the people Sophie met at the festival. Eventually the search takes Jit to Scotland and the remote farmhouse that's home to a racist cult. Surely he's close to finding the answers...but then everything falls into place and the horrific and unimaginable truth comes to light ...


A tense and demanding thrillerthe that has authenticity and emotional truth and better still, the courage to approach difficult issues head-on I was hooked from the start -- Teresa Scragg The School Librarian An edgy read for older readers Irish Examiner

About the Author

Bali Rai

I was born in Leicester in 1971 and have lived there for most of my life apart from the five years I spent in London, doing a bit of uni work and a whole lot of other stuff. I eventually graduated in Politics ( I think my professor took pity on me ) from Southbank University in 1994. Upon leaving uni I decided that I had to get a job and join the real world. This led to a period in which I did some really boring jobs, like selling random things over the phone, managing the stacking of shelves and letting people into a cinema (all roles which obviously required a deep knowledge of Marxist philosophy ).

I came back to Leicester in 1995 with no money and a distant dream about becoming the next Sue Townsend and eventually found myself managing a bar and then a nightclub. Now I'm not saying that it was particularly hard work - it was fun - but at the same time I started to write the story that would become (un)arranged marriage, my first novel for teenagers.

My own influences are wide-ranging. My favourite writers are Roald Dahl, Sue Townsend and crime writers such as James Lee Burke, James Ellroy and Walter Mosely. I'm an avid fan of Reggae Music and artists such as Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Dennis Brown, amongst others, not only have me singing along (badly) but inform much of the way that I look at the World and things in it.

Bali is Booktrust's online writer in residence. Click here to read his blog.

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304 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

9th December 2006



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