Author(s): Bernard Beckett

Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13+)

"Sure, he looked old and he was dirty and there was no denying he was a tramp, but he wasn't a dirty old tramp." Michael Patts has moved to Langton to get away from trouble. It's a fesh start. Unfortunately it coincides with the arrival of Lester - and a mysterious explosion of hatred in the town. Michael shouldn't get involved but... Michael Patts is about to get into trouble again.


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Bernard Beckett has a degree in Economics, and has taught in the Wellington region for several years. He has published a book of non-fiction (Falling for Science: Asking the Big Questions (2007)), and eight novels, for which he and has won many awards. His novel Genesis (2006), which won the Young Adult Category in the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards, made publishing history in 2008 when UK publisher Quercus Books offered the largest advance ever put forward for a young adult novel in New Zealand. The novel is to be released in the UK as two separate editions: adult and young adult, and is to be published - at this date - in over 20 countries. Bernard currently lives in Wellington with his wife, Clare Knighton (his co-author on Deep Fried).

General Fields

  • : 9781877135217
  • : Longacre Press
  • : Longacre Press
  • : February 1999
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bernard Beckett
  • : Paperback
  • : 1999
  • : 823
  • : 184
  • : Crime & mystery; Modern fiction