He is coming to kill me. Now would be a good time to run. I cannot run. I am too afraid to run.
Paul Varderman could be at any normal school - exams, girl troubles and annoying teachers are just a part of life. Unfortunately 'normal' doesn't apply when it comes to the school's most evil bully, Roth, a twisted and threatening thug with an agenda quite unlike anyone else. When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but when Roth hands him a knife it both scares and empowers him . . .
Now adapted into a film, this thought-provoking and original novel highlights the terrible consequences of peer pressure and violence, and casts a spotlight on teenage knife crime.
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Combining brief flashes of ironic humour with the unstoppable momentum of unfolding tragedy, this sadly timely book offers a cogent reminder of the far-reaching consequences of knife violence - Guardian
McGowan does not let us down lightly and ends the book with a twist that will leave even teenage boys gasping - Daily Telegraph
Anthony McGowan is one of the most talented writers around - The Times
What makes you sit up is that its author, Anthony McGowan is one of the most talented new writers around - The Times
Every writer hates to hear the words 'stunning new talent' applied to someone else, but in the case of Anthony McGowan nothing else will do -
This is a masterfully written and dark story of contemporary teen life, which deserves to be widely read and discussed - Carousel
Anthony McGowan was born in Manchester. Educated at a Catholic comprehensive, he won't say that his characters' schooldays are exactly based on his own, but he certainly writes from experience. Before turning to writing full-time, Anthony gained a PhD in Philosophy, worked as a nightclub bouncer, an Open University tutor, a journalist and a civil servant. He is married with two children.
His first book, Hellbent, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. He won the Teenage Booktrust Prize for Henry Tumour, which was also shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award, the Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award, the Redbridge Teenage Book Award and the Catalyst Award. The Knife that Killed Me was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Anthony is also the writer behind the Donut Diaries books.