Book: David Almond «A Song for Ella Grey»

A Song for Ella Grey

I'm the one who's left behind. I'm the one to tell the tale. I knew them both... knew how they lived and how they died. Claire is Ella Grey's best friend. She's there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world. This is her story - as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can prove final.

Издательство: "Hodder Children's Books" (2015)

ISBN: 978-1444922134, 1444922130

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David Almond

David Almond
Born 15 May 1951 (1951-05-15) (age 60)
Felling, Tyne and Wear
Nationality British
Notable work(s) Skellig, Kit's Wilderness , The Fire-Eaters , Clay

David Almond (born 15 May 1951) is a British children's writer who has written several novels, each one to critical acclaim.


Early life

Almond was born and raised in Felling and Newcastle in post-industrial North East England and educated at the University of East Anglia, he was born in 1951. He started out as an author of adult fiction, and his stories appeared in many little magazines, including Iron, Stand, London Magazine, Edinburgh Review. His first short story collection Sleepless Nights, was published by iron Press in 1985[1]). His second, A Kind of Heaven, appeared in 1987. He then wrote a series of stories which drew on his own childhood, and which would eventually be published as Counting Stars (Hodder 2001).


These stories led directly to his first children's novel, Skellig (1998), set in Newcastle. This won the Whitbread Children's Novel of the Year Award and the Carnegie Medal. It has been published in over thirty languages. Skellig has become a radio play (script by Almond); a stage play (script by Almond, first production at the Young Vic, directed by Trevor Nunn); an opera ( composed by Tod Machover, libretto by Almond, first production directed by Braham Murray at The Sage Gateshead); and a film (directed by Annabel Jankel, with Tim Roth as Skellig).

His subsequent novels, stories and plays have brought international success and widespread critical acclaim. The novels are Kit's Wilderness (1999), Heaven Eyes (2000), Secret Heart (2001), The Fire Eaters (2003). Clay (2005), Raven Summer and "My Name is Mina" ( a prequel to Skellig). He collaborates with leading artists and illustrators, including Polly Dunbar ("My Dad's a Birdman" and "The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon"); Stephen Lambert ("Kate, the Cat and the Moon"; and Dave McKean ("The Savage", "Slog's Dad" and the forthcoming "Mouse Bird Snake Wolf"). ) His plays include "Wild Girl, Wild Boy", "My Dad's a Birdman", "Noah & the Fludd" and the stage adaptations of "Skellig" and "Heaven Eyes".

His forthcoming novel (2011) is "The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean". This novel will be published in two editions: adult (Penguin Viking); and Young Adult (Puffin).

2012 publications include "The Boy Who swam With Piranhas" (illustrated by Oliver Jeffers).

His works are highly philosophical and thus appeal to children and adults alike. Recurring themes throughout include the complex relationships between apparent opposites (such as life and death, reality and fiction, past and future); forms of education; growing up and adapting to change; the nature of "the self". He has been greatly influenced by the works of the English Romantic poet William Blake.

Almond currently lives with his family in Northumberland, England. Since 2007 he has been a Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.

In November 2008 he was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.[2]

His short story "The Knife Sharpener" appeared in The Sunday Times on 25 January 2009[3] and The Savage was given away free as part of the Liverpool Reads event.[4]


His major awards include the Carnegie Medal; two Whitbread Awards; two Smarties Prizes; the Michael L. Printz Award (USA); the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (USA); a Silver Pencil and three Silver Kisses (Netherlands); the Katholischer Kinder-und Jugendbuchpreis (Germany); and Le Prix Sorcieres (France). In 2010 he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international award for an author of children's books. My Name is Mina was short-listed for the 2011 Guardian Award.

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