A powerful and shocking chiller from a master storyteller - perfect for the Originals - Iconic, Outspoken, First
Robert Swindells was born in Bradford in 1939 and continues to live in Yorkshire. He left school at 15 and worked in a variety of jobs, including primary school teaching, before becoming a full-time writer. His widely acclaimed novels often reflect his political passions, such as BROTHER IN THE LAND, which is set in the aftermath of a nuclear war. He has won the Red House Children's Book Prize several times and in 1993 he won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for STONE COLD, a young adult novel about homelessness.
"Gripping . . . Swindells deftly explains the atmosphere of
war-torn London . . . without bogging down the pace of the book. .
. . well worth reading." --Publishers Weekly on
"Simply told but missing no opportunity to turn the screw of suspense." --School Librarian on Room 13 and Inside the Worm
"Suspense sprinkled with schoolgirl humor enlivens this fast-paced story to its final twist." --School Library Journal on Nightmare Stairs
"Swindells' historical thriller is not just a mystery but a slice-of-life 'after the war' drama as well." --Booklist on A Skull in Shadows Lane
"Swindells' novel shows the excitement of the war at home." --Booklist on Blackout
"[Readers] are given a realistic look at survival in 1940s London and the hardships of living through war." --School Library Journal on Blitzed
"A dark compelling story of religious intolerance . . . absolutely unmissible." --Bookseller
"Plots which grip the reader from the opening paragraph." --Sunday Times on Ruby Tanya