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This website aims to offer you an insights into David Almond, the author and his work; from backlist and information on new titles to exclusive material he has written especially for the site.

David Almond is twice winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. His first novel, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal. His second, KIT'S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. THE FIRE-EATERS won the Whitbread, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. His latest novel, CLAY, was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book award and the Carnegie Medal.

David is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children's authors writing today, and his books are bestsellers all over the world, with sales of over 1 Million copies.
He lives with his family in Northumberland.

My Name is Mina - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

My name is Mina

David Almond's wonderful and critically acclaimed book, My Name is Mina, has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2011. The winner will be announced on November 10th. For full information see the Guardian website here

Download a free sample chapter.

Also available - download Reading Notes for My Name is Mina: Children's and Adults!

The True Tale of the
Monster Billy Dean
Available September 2011!

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

This tale is told by 1 that died at birth by 1 that came into the world in days of endles war & at the moment of disaster.

Billy Dean is a secret child, growing up in the dark heart of Blinkbonny. He has a beautiful young mother and a father who arrives at night carrying the scent of incense and cigarettes. His world is just a bed, some pictures of the holy island and a single locked door, but his father fills his dreams with mysterious tales and dreadful warnings.

I am not cleva, so please forgiv my folts and my mistayks.

Everything changes when Billy's father vanishes. Billy's mum brings him out in to the world. And Billy learns the dreadful truth: what happened in Blinkbonny on the day he was born. In time, Billy finds he has the gift of helping to rebuild what is broken. But there's one exception: a figure beyond healing, who comes looking for Billy. And who is determined on a kind of reckoning.

Wonce I was The Anjel Childe. Now I am The Monster.

David Almond's extraordinary first novel for adults is the story of a child, born of sin, who emerges into a post-industrial, almost apocalyptic world where the force of his innocence is tested to the extreme.

I am Billy Dean. This is the truth. This is my tale.

Both editions available in September 2011 at 12.99 Hardback.

My Name is Mina - Paperback available September 2011!

My name is Mina

David Almond's latest book, the wonderful and critically acclaimed My Name is Mina is out in paperback September 2011.

In this stunning book, David revisits Mina before she has met Michael, before she has met Skellig, in what is a thought-provoking and extraordinary prequel to his best-selling debut novel, Skellig.

"A celebration of the richness of the everyday world... to read it is to feel uplifted." The Sunday Times

Download a free sample chapter.

Also available - download Reading Notes for My Name is Mina: Children's and Adults!

Hans Christian Andersen Author Award

The judging panel for the world's most prestigious prize in children's literature has announced from the Bologna book fair that it is awarding David Almond the Hans Christian Andersen Author Award for 2010.

David Almond is recognised as a unique voice in children's literature and is the winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. His best-selling novel Skellig has sold half a million copies in the UK and is a favourite text in schools. In 2008 Skellig celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The novel has featured as a play, opera and, most recently a movie for Sky starring Tim Roth.

Here is a snap shot of some of the Media Coverage:

The Guardian Newspaper
Publishers Weekly
The Bookseller

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Don't forget to check out the books page for more information on My Name is Mina as well details on other books by David Almond.

Watch and listen to David as he discusses his book Clay.
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