Death of a SuperheroHardback
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- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 207 pages
- Dimensions: 144mm x 214mm x 28mm | 499g
- Publication date: 1 May 2006
- Publication City/Country: Surrey
- ISBN 10: 1846880033
- ISBN 13: 9781846880032
Inspired by real events, "Death of a Superhero" is a brilliantly original fusion of novel, comic book and film script; a celebration of the transience of life, the eternal difficulty of love and a hilarious riff on our 21st-century infatuation with movies and the superhero solution. Donald Delpe is a troubled teenager. Not only is he a 'terrible teen' by default, as obsessed with sex, music, videogames and drugs as the rest of his gang, but he is also suffering from a life-threatening form of leukemia, which makes him an even more difficult boy, both for his parents and his teachers. Escaping into his own comic-book realm of immortal superheroes, ruthless villains and sex-crazed vamps, he repeatedly dashes his family's hopes by refusing to fight the battles facing him in the real world. As famous psychologist Dr King is brought in to help, a glimmer of hope is rekindled. But will the doctor break the rules, betray the parents' trust and risk everything to help Donald achieve his greatest wish? Or will Donald be the one to save the doctor?
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Anthony McCarten's debut novel, Spinners (1998), won international acclaim, and has since been translated into four languages; it was followed by The English Harem (2002) and Brilliance (2003). McCarten has also written twelve stage plays, including the worldwide success Ladies' Night, which won France's Moliere Prize, the Meilleure Piece Comique, in 2001. McCarten has also adapted another of his plays, Via Satellite, into a feature film that he directed, which had its world premiere at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
'written in a completely original format, which flows effortlessly' - New Zealand Herald