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David Almond

  • 5 stars across 42 books
    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 at festivals and conferences around the world. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, inspirational and innovative children's authors writing today. He has one amazing daughter. He lives in Bath and in Newcastle, the city in which he was born.
    5th September 2013

    The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

    Multi-award-winning author David Almond brings us a joyfully life-affirming and fabulously fishy tale about one boy's jo... More

    (15 reviews)
    4th May 2017

    The Tale of Angelino Brown

    A warm and witty tale from a master storyteller, author of Carnegie Medal-winning Skellig and internationally bestseller... More

    (13 reviews)
    13th June 2002


    When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncerta... More

    (9 reviews)
    23rd February 2017

    Island: World Book Day 2017

    A hopeful and moving coming-of-age story set on the island of Lindisfarne , by David Almond, author of the pr... More

    (5 reviews)
    4th June 2015

    A Song for Ella Grey

    Winner of the Guardian children's book prize 2015 I'm the one who's left behind. I'm the one to tell the tale. I kn... More

    (3 reviews)
    14th June 2011

    My Name is Mina

    There's an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It's been there for an age. I keep on saying that I'l... More

    (1 review)
    8th October 2015

    Harry Miller's Run

    "That's reet, lad! Run! There's a wolf at your tail! Run for your lovely life!" A joyful, uplifting story of times gone ... More

    (1 review)
    17th January 2008

    Kit's Wilderness

    Kit has just moved to Stoneygate with his family, to live with his ageing grandfather who is gradually succumbing to A... More

    (1 review)
    3rd May 2018

    The Colour of the Sun

    This is a moving, funny and inspirational novel from the bestselling author of Skellig . *Shortlisted for the 201... More

    (1 review)
    15th September 2005

    Kate, The Cat and The Moon

    'Once, in a shining night, while the moon looked down and the stars glittered in the endless sky, and all the house wa... More

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