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Patrick Ness is one of those writers whose darkly complex books for children and teenagers transcend their intended audience, winning him fans of all ages – and deservedly so.
His Chaos Walking trilogy has been variously described as a dystopian love story with the atmosphere of a Western and ‘one of the most interesting fantasies ever published’; it’s also won a swag of prizes, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal.
His latest book for young readers is A Monster Calls, a heartbreaking story about cancer and loss, told through the metaphor of a yew tree that comes to life outside the bedroom of a boy whose mother is dying.
The Crane Wife is Ness’s first book for adult readers in many years – it’s a wise and romantic story about the creative imagination and the redemptive power of love.
Ness will be in conversation with Lili Wilkinson.
This event is presented by the Wheeler Centre in association with the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of twelve YA novels, including Pink, Green Valentine and The Boundless Sublime. She established the insideadog website, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and lives in Melbourne with her husband, son, dog and three chickens. Her latest book is After the Lights Go Out.
Patrick Ness is the author of nine novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, A Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself, and Release. Born in Virginia, Patrick lives in London.
Our fabulous double bills are back – bringing you three big nights of international writers, presented back-to-back.
From genre-bending fiction bestsellers to young adult authors with cult followings, and non-fiction superstars who’ll change the way you view the world … we’ve got a little something for everyone.
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