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Robert Westall - Author

About the Author

Robert Westall was born in Northumberland and went to school in Tynemouth. He studied fine art at Durham University and after he graduated he worked as an art teacher.  Despite having two degrees in Fine Art, and majoring in Sculpture, Robert Westall spent his working life teaching art in secondary schools, and writing only in his spare time. He loved teaching and worked in Birmingham, Yorkshire and Cheshire as a head of department.

He has had around 40 books published and they vary from ghost stories to fantasy epics.

Robert Westall died in 1993.

Featured books by Robert Westall

Other books by Robert Westall

The Machine Gunners

The Machine Gunners

Author: Robert Westall Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Chas McGill has the second-best collection of war souvenirs in Garmouth but wants it to be the best. When he stumbles across the wreckage of a downed German bomber, he finds the ultimate trophy - a working machine gun. Hiding his discovery from the local police, Chas recruits his friends and together they build a fortress for their prize. But war is not a game and soon both friendships and loyalties are tested when the gang's actions have dangerous consequences. Robert Westall wrote The Machine Gunners for his son, Christopher, based on his own experiences during the Second World War. A modern classic of children's fiction, it went on to win the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 1975 and has been in print ever since. Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

Scarecrows

Scarecrows

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

There were three people, standing in the darkest place, watching him. Simon is outraged that his Mum plans to remarry. He can't bear her new fiance or the way his mother and sister seem to have forgotten his late father. Overwhelmed by hatred and anger he seeks solace in a nearby abandoned water mill. But another, powerful hatred lingers within its walls. And it is about to be unleashed... Westall's immense talent is evident from the opening line - Simon's anger and unhappiness are tangible, and the Scarecrows' ill-intentions terrifying.

GHOST ABBEY

GHOST ABBEY

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Ninety-eight keys, none of them labelled. Ninety-eight keys, and they say there are ninety-nine rooms ...what will you find in the ninety-ninth room, I wonder?' Maggi is delighted when her father takes a new job, renovating a crumbling stately home in Cheshire. It's a chance to escape from the North-East, from the predatory Doris Streeton, and perhaps from the grief at the heart of Maggi's family. But Maggi gradually comes to realize that their new home holds secrets far more sinister than anything they have left behind ...

Ghost Abbey

Ghost Abbey

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2013

'Ninety-eight keys, none of them labelled. Ninety-eight keys, and they say there are ninety-nine rooms . . . What will you find in the ninety-ninth room, I wonder?' Maggi is delighted when her father takes a new job, renovating a crumbling stately home in Cheshire. It's a chance to escape from the North-East, from the predatory Doris Streeton, and perhaps from the grief at the heart of Maggi's family. But Maggi gradually comes to realize that their new home holds secrets far more sinister than anything they have left behind . . .

Break Of Dark

Break Of Dark

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2009

Is there a barrier that divides the dark unknown from the everyday world around us? If so, is it broken sometimes by the dead returning, by the undead, or by alien creatures? What else could account for the chance meeting (or was it?) between a young student and hitch-hiker who turns out to be so much stranger than she seems? Why else should three successive crews flying a Second World War bomber - Blackham's Wimpey - be driven to madness, despair, even to death, though the plane returns from each mission without a scratch? Who are Fred, Alice and Aunty Lou; the figments of Peter's imagination that become a real life nightmare for Roger and Biddy? There is St Austin Friars, too: a church without a congregation - until a burial service, oddly arranged a month ahead, is attended by a sinister assortment of the living and the dead. And Sergeant Nice, an ordinary policeman in an ordinary seaside town faced with a series of quite extraordinary thefts; the work surely, of no human hand. Chilling, but often humorous as well, these stories creep up on you and take you by surprise.

Blitz

Blitz

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2009

A mysterious air-raid shelter... A plane crash under fire... A secret operation... A noise in the attic... The four stories featured in Blitz share a common theme - World War II and its effect on the lives of ordinary people, especially children. Robert Westall's powerful writing focuses not only on the drama and danger of living in a country at war, but also captures the heady excitement and almost farcical humour of exceptional circumstances.

Size Twelve

Size Twelve

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

Size Twelve

Size Twelve

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

A Time of Fire

A Time of Fire

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

Spinetinglers Ghoulish Ghost Stories

Spinetinglers Ghoulish Ghost Stories

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

This chilling collection of ghost stories will haunt your imagination. From the ethereal beauty of 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' to the chilling horror of 'Thornley Abbey', this collection brings together a wide range of supernatural stories by top classic and contemporary writers. Prepare to be scared out of your wits! This collection includes: The Knock at the Manor Gate - Franz Kafka; Yesterday's Witch - Gahan Wilson; A Legion Marching In - John Hynam; The Lawyer and the Ghost - Charles Dickens; The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Being Bagged - Anon (India); School for Ghosts - Adapted by Vida Derry; The Little Yellow Dog - Mary Williams; The Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Kenneth Grahame; The Lilies - Alison Price; The Emissary - Ray Bradbury; John Pettigrew's Mirror - Ruth Manning-Sanders; Sredni Vashtar - Saki (H. H. Munro); Miss Mountain - Philippa Pearce; Was It a Dream? - Guy de Maupassant; A Pair of Hands - Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch; The Boys' Toilets - Robert Westall; Left in the Dark - John Gordon; The Monkey's Paw - W. W. Jacobs; Lost Hearts - M. R. James; Thurnley Abbey - Perceval Landon; Not at Home - Jean Richardson; and, The Shepherd's Dog - Joyce Marsh.

The Wind Eye

The Wind Eye

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2006

The Making of Me A Writer's Childhood

The Making of Me A Writer's Childhood

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Break Of Dark

Break Of Dark

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2003

If there is a barrier that separates the dark unknown from the everyday world around us? If so, is it broken sometimes by the dead returning, by the undead, or by alien creatures? What else could account for the chance meeting (or was it?) between a young student and hitch-hiker who turns out to be so much stranger than she seems? Why else should three successive crews flying a Second World War bomber Blackham's Wimpey - be driven to madness, despair, even to death, though the plane returns from each mission without a scratch? Who are Fred, Alice and Aunty Lou; the figments of Peter's imagination that become a real life nightmare for Roger and Biddy? There is St. Austin Friars, too: a church without a congregation - until a burial service, oddly arranged a month ahead, is attended by a sinister assortment of the living and the dead. And Sergeant Nice, an ordinary policeman in an ordinary seaside town faced with a series of quite extraordinary thefts; the work surely, of no human hand...

The Kingdom by the Sea

The Kingdom by the Sea

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2002

Harry's family are running to the shelter when the bomb hits. As the rescue team pull him alone out of the rubble, Harry realises he'll be sent off to live with moping, fussy Cousin Elsie - the last thing he needs on top of the shock of losing his family. He runs away, meeting Don, a dog who's also lost his home, on the beach. In wartime every step is full of danger. Getting a meal, sleeping in a haystack - everywhere Harry goes he finds people full of suspicion, ready to turn in a boy on his own. But Harry encounters sudden kindnesses too. A family have left a caravan open, filled with tinned food for anyone who needs shelter. They all died when a bomb hit their home, but they help Harry when he needs it most. Joining eccentric Joseph Keilty by the sea, Harry learns to scavenge along the beach and makes friends with some nearby soldiers, until once more he is driven on alone.

Blitzcat

Blitzcat

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2002

She made her way down the cliff, and on to the beach. At the edge of the waves, she stopped, shaking her wet paws. She knew that somewhere ahead was her person, but far, far away. She miaowed plaintively; stood staring at the moving blur of uncrossable sea. She led the way to safety, out of the blazing hell of blitzed Coventry. People touched her for luck; feared her as an omen of disaster. Wherever she went, she changed lives.... From her beginning to her end she never wavered. She was the Blitzcat. ''Westall's writing has always been strong and vivid but he has rarely written as confidently as this.'' Times Literary Supplement

The Kingdom By The Sea

The Kingdom By The Sea

Author: Robert Westall Format: Audio cassette Release Date: 02/07/2001

Guardian Award winning novel. Harry is an old hand at air-raids - but that night, although he survives the bombing, his home and his parents are gone. He can't bear the thought of being landed with strange relatives, so he goes away to where nobody knows him. And so begins an incredible journey. Harry makes friends with Don the dog - bombed-out like himself. They make a home on the beach and learn to survive in their Kingdom. But there is one last battle in store for Harry - one that he is not prepared for...

The Best of Westall Demons and Shadows

The Best of Westall Demons and Shadows

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/1999

The Creature In The Dark

The Creature In The Dark

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/1997

The Machine Gunners

The Machine Gunners

Author: Robert Westall Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/1996

Carnegie Medal Winner.

Blitz

Blitz

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/1995

'A mysterious air-raid shelter! A plane crash under fire! A secret operation! A noise in the attic!' The four stories featured in Blitz share a common theme - World War II and it's effect on the lives of ordinary people, especially children. Robert Westall's powerful writing focuses not only on the drama and danger of living in a country at war, but also captures the heady excitement and almost farcical humour of exceptional circumstances. One of the best loved of children's writers. - The Times .

Gulf

Gulf

Author: Robert Westall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/1993

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