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Monkey Wars

By Richard Kurti

An award-winning, original and gripping thriller which explores the dangers and temptations of power.

From BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Richard Kurti comes a gripping and original thriller exploring the dangers of power. When a troop of Langur monkeys attacks a group of Rhesus monkeys, a terrifying struggle for power begins. A young Langur, Mico, attempts to stop the bloodshed, but becomes entangled in the Langur leadership's dangerous secrets. Mico has to choose between right and wrong, but when monkeys turn on each other, there can be no survivors... Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the UKLA Book Award and described as "strikingly original" by Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider and Power of Five series.

  • Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, longlisted for the UKLA Award and winner of the Coventry Inspiration Book Award.
  • Kurti uses animals to explore the nature of power, drawing on a tradition of classics such Animal Farm and Watership Down. As the Guardian said, "Readers who might be drawn to Watership Down but prefer a faster pace will relish the antics of the monkey tribes of Kolkata.
  • Ideal for classroom or book group discussions as it contains big moral questions, with no easy answers. Richard Kurti drew on the experiences of his grandparents in Nazi Germany to explore the nature of right and wrong. See the author's note for more information.

About the author

Richard Kurti studied at Cambridge then worked at the BBC as a TV sound recordist. This led to a move into full time screenwriting. Richard’s film writing includes 14 completed commissions for US studios (Universal, Warner Bros, Miramax and Laika) and UK companies such as Working Title and Pathe. His TV writing includes BBC adaptations of Kidnapped and Sherlock Holmes, episodes of Robin Hood, Primeval (ITV), Sinbad (Sky), Wolfblood (BBC), and a large-scale adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal for Sky. These shows have earned widespread industry recognition with BAFTA nominations and RTS Awards. In 2013, Richard branched out into new areas, with a radio dramatization of The Martian Chronicles (BBC Radio 4). Monkey Wars, his debut novel, was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

ISBN: 9781406368185
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 400pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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