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Head of Zeus
Me Mam. Me Dad. Me
Me Mam. Me Dad. Me: the award-winning debut by Malcolm Duffy

WINNER SHEFFIELD CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2019, YA CATEGORY.
WINNER REDBRIDGE CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2019.
SHORTLISTED WATERSTONE'S CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2019.
WORLD BOOK NIGHT TITLE 2019.
– and many more.

'It was the day the clocks went back. That's when I decided to kill him.'

Humorous and heartbreaking debut novel with the fresh, funny, honest voice of a 14-year-old Geordie lad recounting the trials and tribulations of family life and finding first love.

Danny's mam has a new boyfriend. Initially, all is good – Callum seems nice enough, and Danny can't deny he's got a cool set up; big house, fast car, massive TV, and Mam seems to really like him.

But cracks begin to show, and they're not the sort that can be easily repaired. As Danny witnesses Mam suffer and Callum spiral out of control he goes in search of his dad. The Dad he's never met. Set in Newcastle and Edinburgh, this supremely readable coming-of-age drama tackles domestic violence head on, but finds humour and hope in the most unlikely of­ places.

ME MAM. ME DAD. ME.
WINNER SHEFFIELD CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2019, YA CATEGORY.
WINNER REDBRIDGE CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2019.
SHORTLISTED WATERSTONE'S CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2019.
SHORTLISTED BRISTOL TEEN BOOK AWARD 2019.
LONGLISTED BRANFORD BOASE AWARD 2019.
NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE PRIZE 2019.
WORLD BOOK NIGHT TITLE 2019.

Head of Zeus, a Zephyr book * Children’s Fiction
05 Apr 2018 * 256pp * £2.99 * 9781786697639
REVIEWS
Touching and compelling to the end... It has sweetness and comedy, despite the gravity of its theme. And it is a lesson in standing up for yourself and others and finding the people who deserve your trust'
The Sunday Times, Book of the Week
'A glorious, soaring voice telling an important story. Made me guts feel funny, like I was on a rollercoaster'
Joanna Nadin, author of Joe All Alone
An assured debut... Danny's honest distinctive voice brings humour and hope'
The Bookseller
'It's an intriguing premise and one that Duffy, whose work as creative director at Comic Relief inspired and informed this novel, handles with aplomb'
Claire Hennessy, Irish Times
'5* A powerful story of filial love when domestic violence gets in the way. An unforgettable central character and a truthful ending make for a truly impactful read'
Jill Murphy, The Bookbag
I really loved Danny, I loved his Geordie voice, I loved his endearing relationship with his girlfriend Amy. Although this is a story that deals with domestic violence there are some moments that are really funny in it... A heavy topic dealt with a relatively light touch which is really important'
Karen Gregory, Down the Rabbit Hole
'A memorable and touching read'
South Wales Evening Post
Never once does the authenticity of the narration waver... The immediacy of the text is potent' 5 stars'
Books for Keeps
'By turns humorous and heartbreaking'
Your Elmbridge
It's hard to think of a work I've read for young people in recent times that has so much heart and humour, yet manages to explore such darkness... I heartily recommend this for all teens'
Herald, Books of the Year
'For pitch-perfect teenage voices, you can't go wrong with Malcolm Duffy's Me Mam. Me Dad. Me.'
Irish Times, Books of the Year
'Stories like Danny's are important. Duffy explores the themes of domestic violence, isolation, and growing up with sensitivity, energy and heart'
Armadillo
Author
Malcolm Duffy
Malcolm Duffy
Malcolm Duffy is a Geordie born and bred, but now he lives in Surrey with his wife and daughters. His debut, Me Mam. Me Dad. Me., shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, also won the YA category of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2019, the Redbridge Book Award 2019 and a host of other prizes. His second novel, Sofa Surfer, was shortlisted for the Redbridge Children's Book Award 2021, longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021 and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021. Twitter @malcolmduffyUK Website: malcolmduffy.com
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