Martyn Pig
Kevin Brooks
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 13+ & YA
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 256pp
ISBN: 978-1-905294-16-9
Publication date: March 2006
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Did I hate him? Of course I hated him. But I never meant to kill him.

With his father dead, Martyn has a choice. Tell the police what happened and be suspected of murder, or get rid of the body and get on with the rest of his life. Simple, right? Not quite. One story leads to another. Secrets and lies become darker and crazier and Martyn is faced with twists and turns that leave him reeling. Life is never easy. But death is even harder.  

The extraordinary, ground-breaking debut novel from Kevin Brooks is darkly humorous, strangely moving and completely riveting.

'Dark, funny ... This is very good stuff indeed. Watch this guy, he's good.'
Melvin Burgess
'The most exciting debut by a UK author since Skellig by David Almond ... a hugely promising first novel.'
Literary Review
'Tense and twisty … '
The Times
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2002
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2003
'A frankly brilliant first novel.'
Glasgow Herald

It’s hard to know where to start with this. I suppose I could tell you all about where I was born, what it was like when Mum was still around, what happened when I was a little kid, all that kind of stuff, but it’s not really relevant.

"I have a very vague memory of sitting on a Santa's knee when I was about three or four years old. I can still remember the nasty, scratchy feel of his red nylon trousers, the stickiness of his beard, and a strange fruity smell. When I asked him where he lived a familiar slurred voice answered, "Poland ... uh ... North Poland ... in an underground igloo with 22 dwarves - hic - and a sleigh-deer.""

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