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Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman is an award-winning author and has written books for readers of all ages.

Malorie qualified in Computer Science and followed a successful career in computing, before becoming a writer at the age of 28. Her first published book was Not So Stupid! (1990), a book of short stories. Since then she has written many books and scripts, and her popularity has steadily grown. Her scripts for television include several episodes of Byker GroveWhizziwig and Pig-Heart Boy, and she has also written original dramas for CITV and BBC Education.

Malorie Blackman's most well-known books for young adults are: Noughts & Crosses (2001); Knife Edge (2004); Checkmate (2005); and Double Cross (2008) – which form the  ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series. The tale of two teenagers, Callum and Sephy, has attracted a legion of fans including grime artist Stormzy who included a quote from the book in his 2019 Glastonbury Festival performance. There has been a National Theatre production and a Pilot Theatre production of Noughts & Crosses plus a major BBC production, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z's entertainment company) curating and releasing the soundtrack as executive music producer, coming soon.

In 2004, she also wrote a novel entirely in verse, Cloud Busting (2004), which won a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Silver Award) the same year. In 2007 she collected stories and poems for the book Unheard Voices, commemorating the bicentenary anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, and in 2009 she contributed to Free? , a book of stories celebrating Human Rights.

Recent books include Noble Conflict (2013), a thriller set in a post-revolutionary utopia; and Chasing the Stars (2017), a re-telling of Othello set in space, which was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize.

She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. She has been described by The Times as ‘a national treasure’. Malorie was the Children’s Laureate 2013–15.

New from Malorie Blackman

Crossfire - Malorie Blackman

Crossfire is the long-awaited new novel in legendary author Malorie Blackman's ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series - perfect for fans of The Handmaid's Tale and The Power.

Thirty-four years have passed since Sephy Hadley - a Cross - first met Callum McGregor - a nought.

Their love was forbidden, powerful - and deadly. Life is seemingly very different now for noughts and Crosses - including for Sephy and Callum's families.

But old wounds from the past are hard to heal, and when you're playing a game as dangerous as they are, it won't be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire.



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