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The Messengers

By Edward Hogan

"Perhaps we're here to save a few people. Maybe that's the gift."

Fifteen-year-old Frances has been sent down to the coast for a little break. Her brother, Johnny, is out on bail after punching an off-duty policeman, and some shady characters have thrown a brick through the window of their flat. Frances's mum went off to stay with her boyfriend and Frances is sent to Helmstown, to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin Max. Frances befriends Peter Kennedy, a somewhat tramp-like character who lives in a beach hut along the Helmstown seafront. As soon as they meet, Peter recognizes that Frances is a messenger, just like him. As messengers, Frances and Peter experience black-outs. Afterwards, when they come round, they have the ability to draw, in minute detail, the scene of an accident. Peter lives with the burden of telling the people in his drawings about the circumstances of their death. He believes that if he doesn't, something bad will happen to his family. While Frances lives in dread of anything happening to her brother Johnny, she begins to think more positively: although she can't change the past, she can change the future, at least for a chosen few. Another compelling and thrilling novel for teenagers by the young author of the highly acclaimed Daylight Saving.

  • "Ed s voice is utterly distinctive: strong, emotive, haunting. His powers of observation seem almost supernatural." - Hilary Mantel
  • "There s a subtle magic to Hogan s prose." - Independent on Sunday
  • About Daylight Saving: "Brighton-based Edward Hogan s first YA novel is a triumph and would make a great movie!" - We Love This Book

About the author

Edward Hogan was born in Derby in 1980 and now lives in Brighton. He is a graduate of the MA Creative Writing Course at UEA. His first novel, Blackmoor, won the Desmond Elliot Prize and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Dylan Thoma Prize. The Messengers is his second book for teenagers.

ISBN: 9781406337181
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 224pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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