Billy Elliot
Melvin Burgess
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UK Price: £5.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 10+
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 160pp
ISBN: 978-1-903434-33-8
Publication date: April 2001
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Billy’s mother is dead, and his father and brother are fiercely involved in a bitter miners’ strike that has split the local community.

Billy’s father wants his son to learn boxing, like he did, and his father before him. But Billy is fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet and is determined to dance his way to a different future.

Telling the story from the differing viewpoints of Billy, his father, his brother, and his friend Michael, Melvin Burgess has captured the spirit of the original film screenplay while demonstrating the skill and inspiration he showed in his award-winning novel, Junk.


' ... the novel stands alone as a compelling and moving story.'
' ... fans of the film won't feel that Burgess has missed the point, and, as the film does, he makes you care.'
Sunday Times
'A writer of the highest quality with exceptional powers of insight.'
Sunday Times
' ... will make reading as non-wimpish as Billy made ballet ... Full marks to Melvin Burgess.'
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He’s an idiot, my brother, I hate him. He’s got good taste in music, though. He always listens to it on his headphones when I’m around so’s I can’t hear it. Like he owns the air or something. He’d wrap the music up and stick it up his arse if he could.

"I loved the film so much, I jumped at the chance to write the book. I wanted to do something that told the same story, from different angles, but which remained true to the film. I've tried to show what each character is thinking and feeling - which is of course something a film can't do in quite the same way."

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