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The Fire Eaters

Written by David Almond

The Fire Eaters Synopsis

There he was, below the bridge, half-naked, eyes blazing. He had a pair of burning torches. He ran them back and forth across his skin. He sipped from a bottle, breathed across a torch, and fire and fumes leapt from his lips. The air was filled with the scent of paraffin. He breathed again, a great high spreading flag of fire. He glared. He roared like an animal. That summer, life had seemed perfect for Bobby Burns. But now it's autumn and the winds of change are blowing hard. Bobby's dad is mysteriously ill. His new school is a cold and cruel place. And worse: nuclear war may be about to start. But Bobby has a wonder-working friend called Ailsa Spink. And he's found the fire-eater, a devil called McNulty. What can they do together on Bobby's beach? Is it possible to work miracles? Will they be able to transform the world? A stunning novel from the author of the modern children's classic Skellig - winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.

The Fire Eaters Press Reviews

Almond's books are always moving, uplifting tributes to the human spirit. * The Scotsman * A beautifully written, warm-hearted book. Almond's poetic, though gritty, prose avoids the pitfalls of sentimentality. * The Observer * An uplifting, beautifully written story. * Independent on Sunday * Gripping doesn't do it justice - it sweeps you up and wraps itself around you. * The Sunday Express * Almond's best book yet...masterful in every aspect. * Financial Times * Once in a while a book comes along that takes over your head and your heart. [This is] such a book. * The Bookseller * [A] strange and haunting story. * The Observer * Subtle and energetic...a powerful and evocative study of loss. * The Times * Luminous prose...every character is perfectly served by this fearless writer. * The Guardian * A near-perfect piece of fiction. * Time Out * Lyrical and atmospheric. * The Bookseller * Almond makes familiar issues fresh; his characters are finely drawn and his depiction of place perfectly realised. * The Guardian * Stays with you long after the book is closed. * The Guardian * A tale so marvellously told it seems a shame to label it as only for children. * The Daily Telegraph * An astonishing, beautiful tale. Almond at his best. * The Daily Telegraph * A wonderful novel. * The Times * This is beautifully written and polished to a lapidary gloss. * The Guardian * A beautiful and brilliant novel. There really is nobody quite like Almond. * The Times * An affecting meditation on pain, cruelty, class, belonging and the redeeming power of love. * The Sunday Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340944998
Publication date: 18th October 2019
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages

About David Almond

David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Counting Stars, The Savage, Island, A Song for Ella Grey, The Colour of the Sun and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos, songs and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors. David speaks ...

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