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Andrew Smith - Author

About the Author

Andrew Smith has always wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he wrote for newspapers and radio stations, but found it wasn't the kind of writing he'd dreamed about doing. Born with an impulse to travel, Smith, the son of an immigrant, bounced around the world and from job to job, before settling down in Southern California. There, he got his first 'real job', as a teacher in an alternative educational program for at-risk teens, married, and moved to a rural mountain location. Smith has now written several award-winning YA novels; Grasshopper Jungle is his seventh and the first to be published in the UK. He lives with his wife, two children, two horses, three dogs, three cats and one irritable lizard named Leo.

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Timeslip Volume 01: The Age of the Death Lottery

Timeslip Volume 01: The Age of the Death Lottery

Author: Andrew Smith Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/06/2020

Decades after their childhood experiences passing through a mysterious 'time barrier' that could transmit people into the past and the future, two adults - Simon Randall and Liz Skinner - encounter two youths from the 1980s, Neil and Jade - and realise the barrier is open again. Following them through the barrier in search of a missing friend, they find themselves many years into the future, when over-population has brought the Earth to its knees. So a radical reform has been undertaken - a mass culling of parts of the population known as the Death Lottery. Not everyone supports this idea. Rebels known as Refusers battle the government and the sinister Enforcement Bureau - and Liz discovers that her old friend Charlotte may be responsible for the whole thing. Groundbreaking ITV children's series Timeslip returns after 50 years in this full cast audio drama, featuring the cult classic's original stars, Spencer Banks and Cheryl Burfield. CAST: Spencer Banks (Simon Randall), Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Amanda Shodeko (Jade Okafor), Orlando Gibbs (Neil Riley), Sarah Sutton (Charlotte Trent), Matthew Jacobs-Morgan (Sam Bembe), Lucy Pickles (Maxine Shetty/EB Operative), Narinder Samra (Ajay Shetty/Processing Officer), Claire Vousden (The Minister/Data Superintendent). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Star Cops: Mars Part 1

Star Cops: Mars Part 1

Author: Andrew Smith, Una McCormack, Guy Adams Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/01/2020

It's the near future, and mankind has expanded its presence in space. Maintaining law and order beyond Earth is the responsibility of the International Space Police Force, known colloquially as the Star Cops. Their leader is Commander Nathan Spring.There are no Star Cops on Mars, and Nathan Spring intends to put that right. He travels to the red planet hoping to rally the colonists' support for setting up an ISPF office, but he faces resistance from those who feel Mars has no need of police. Soon, though, Nathan and his officers are involved in incidents of theft, violence and murder. They may get the chance to prove they're needed, if they can get through their investigations alive. Contains three stories: 2.1 The New World by Andrew Smith. Nathan, Devis and Kenzy arrive on Mars after a six-month journey from Earth. They've come to set up a Star Cop base, but Mars is a very different environment from the one they're used to on the moon. 2.2 The Shadow of This Red Rock by Una McCormack. Nathan and Kenzy find themselves marooned in the Martian desert with a prisoner whose friends will soon arrive to attempt a violent rescue. Help arrives in the form of a reclusive colonist. Soon they're all being chased across the desert by the prisoner's friends, who seem able to anticipate every effort to shake them off. Meanwhile, Devis has his own troubles. An attempt to come to his friends' rescue goes wrong, and he finds himself at the mercy of colonists who hold his life in their hands. Matters will come to a head in a perilous stand-off on the four-mile-high cliffs of the Mariner Valley canyon. 2.3 Whatever Happened to Gary Rice? by Guy Adams. After the Star Cops receive a cryptic message about a man who may once have worked at a colony in the Argyre Basin, they make their way there to investigate. They find a co-operative community that thrives by growing an organic food source, which it sells to other colonies. But no-one seems to remember the man the Star Cops are looking for. Nathan visits a neighbouring scientific research base, where nutritionist Dr Julienne Grainger has information that may resolve the mystery of the missing colonist. As the Star Cops get closer to discovering the truth, there are those who are prepared to kill to keep it secret. CAST: David Calder (Nathan Spring / Box), Trevor Cooper (Colin Devis), Linda Newton (Pal Kenzy), Heather Coombs (Kristin Mendelson / Cara Hopkins), Oliver Dimsdale (Jean Arnaud), Andrew James Spooner (Doctor Jess Romay), Emma Jay Thomas (Doctor Stephanie Thrower), Elizabeth Uter (Grace Kavanagh), Issy Van Randwyck (Barbara Holmberg), Jake Wardle (Martin Jeffries/LRI Technician), Carla de Wansey (Doctor Julienne Grainger). Other parts played by members of the cast. NOTE: Star Cops features some mild swearing and content which may not be suitable for younger listeners.

The Victorian Gothic An Edinburgh Companion

The Victorian Gothic An Edinburgh Companion

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2019

This book offers an invaluable insight into the complex and various Gothic forms of the 19th century. The Edinburgh Companion to the Victorian Gothic is an essential resource for students and scholars working on the Gothic, Victorian literature and culture and critical theory. Each chapter is written by an acknowledged expert in their field on a specific topic within the Victorian writing, including science, medicine, Queer theory, imperialism, nationalism, and gender. Additional chapters on the ghost story, realism, the fin de siecle, pulp fictions, sensation fiction, and the Victorian way of death means that this Companion provides the most complete overview of the Victorian Gothic to date. This title is unique as a multi-authored, comprehensive exploration of the Victorian Gothic. It offers original research in all chapters. It sets the agenda for future scholarship in the field.

Plotinus on Beauty (Enneads 1.6 and 5.8.1-2) The Greek Text with Notes

Plotinus on Beauty (Enneads 1.6 and 5.8.1-2) The Greek Text with Notes

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Exile from Eden

Exile from Eden

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

From New York Times bestselling author Andrew Smith comes the stunning, long-awaited sequel to the groundbreaking Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. It's been sixteen years since an army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises forced Arek's family underground and into the hole where he was born; it's the only home he's ever known. But now, post-end-of-the-world, the army of horny, hungry praying mantises might finally be dying out, and Arek's ready to leave the hole for good. All he has are mysterious letters from Breakfast, a naked, wild boy traveling the countryside with his silent companion, Olive. Together, Arek and his best friend Mel, who stowed away in his van, navigate their way through the ravaged remains of the outside world. Praise for Grasshopper Jungle 'A cool/passionate, gay/straight, male/female, absurd/real, funny/moving, past/present, breezy/profound masterpiece of a book.' Michael Grant, bestselling author of the GONE series. 'If you only read one book this year about sexually confused teens battling 6 foot tall head-chomping praying mantises in small town America, make it this one.' Charlie Higson, author of the bestselling Young Bond series. 'I devoured @marburyjack's wonderful 'cool/passionate' Grasshopper Jungle'. Sally Green, author of Half Bad. 'Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. You must read immediately. It's an absolute joy. Scary, funny, sexy. Trust me.' Jake Shears, lead singer of The Scissor Sisters 'Not for the faint-hearted. Mutant grasshoppers, rampant lust - a tale of teen self discovery that grips like a mating mantis.' Metro Andrew Smith has always wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he wrote for newspapers and radio stations, but found it wasn't the kind of writing he'd dreamed about doing. Born with an impulse to travel, Smith, the son of an immigrant, bounced around the world and from job to job, before settling down in Southern California. There, he got his first 'real job', as a teacher in an alternative educational program for at-risk teens, married, and moved to a rural mountain location. Smith has now written several award-winning YA novels including Winger, Stick, and Grasshopper Jungle.

Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle

Author: Andrew Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

If you're a fan of John Green, Michael Grant or Stephen King, get your jaws round this. In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. Funny, intense, complex and brave, Grasshopper Jungle is a groundbreaking, genre-bending, coming-of-age stunner. Look out for the highly anticipated sequel Exile from Eden. Praise for Grasshopper Jungle: 'A cool/passionate, gay/straight, male/female, absurd/real, funny/moving, past/present, breezy/profound masterpiece of a book.' Michael Grant, bestselling author of the GONE series. 'If you only read one book this year about sexually confused teens battling 6 foot tall head-chomping praying mantises in small town America, make it this one.' Charlie Higson, author of the bestselling Young Bond series. 'Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. You must read immediately. It's an absolute joy. Scary, funny, sexy. Trust me.' Jake Shears, lead singer of The Scissor Sisters 'Not for the faint-hearted. Mutant grasshoppers, rampant lust - a tale of teen self discovery that grips like a mating mantis.' Metro Andrew Smith has always wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he wrote for newspapers and radio stations, but found it wasn't the kind of writing he'd dreamed about doing. Born with an impulse to travel, Smith, the son of an immigrant, bounced around the world and from job to job, before settling down in Southern California. There, he got his first 'real job', as a teacher in an alternative educational program for at-risk teens, married, and moved to a rural mountain location. Smith has now written several award-winning YA novels including Winger, Stick, and Grasshopper Jungle.

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