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Wham!, Bananarama, The Beautiful South, Huey Lewis & The News, Meat Loaf and more.
This week, my guest is the wonderful Melvin Burgess.
His controversial teenage novel, Junk (1996), winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, is an honest and disturbing account of teenage homelessness and heroin addiction on the streets of Bristol, and has been adapted for television. In 2007, it was shortlisted for the Carnegie of Carnegies. Bloodtide (1999) was joint winner of the Lancashire County Library Children’s Book of the Year Award.
His teenage novel, Doing It, was published in 2003 and won the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature in 2004, and Sara’s Face in 2006. His latest books are The Hit (2013), e-book Krispy Whispers (2013), Hunger (2014) and The Lost Witch (2018).
We’ll be chatting about The Lost Witch, and about his writing career in general. And, of course, Melvin will be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
Listen every Saturday from 2-4pm, North Manchester FM, 106.6 FM