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This 20th Anniversary edition of the classic novel comes with an introduction from former children's laureate Malorie Blackman and bonus content following its controversial history, from its writing to when it won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. It was a love story. Me, Gemma and junk. I thought it was going to last forever. Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down. She wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, finally, you have to come down. Melvin Burgess' most ambitious and complex novel is a vivid depiction of a group of teenagers in the grip of addiction. Told from multiple viewpoints, Junk is a powerful, unflinching novel about heroin. Once you take a hit, you will never be the same again.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 24mm | 260g
  • Andersen Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783440627
  • 9781783440627
  • 70,006

About Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs including journalism before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He lives in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Three of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.show more

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"Everyone should read Junk." The Times "Melvin Burgess's ground-breaking Junk remains the best book about teenagers and drugs to this day" Julia Eccleshare, Guardian Online "Junk has a perfect sense of time and place, characters who feel real and it may just be the best YA book ever." -- Robert Muchamore Big Issue, Top 5 Young Adult Books "Occasionally a 'teenage novel' comes along which makes one reconsider the whole genre and its potential. Such a book is Melvin Burgess's Junk." -- Robert Dunbar Children's Books in Ireland "Brilliantly and sensitively written, it encompasses the raw, savage and ecstatic world of the adolescent mind... a superbly crafted and important book" TES "Beautifully written" The Times "Believable and rivetingly readable. I couldn't put it down." Evening Standard "Moving and provocative" Observer "One novel that will leave an indelible impression on all who read it" Publishers Weekly "It is the real thing - a teenage novel for teenage readers" The Scotsmanshow more