It’s that time of year again. No, not Easter, well, yes OK, it is nearly Easter, but what we’re excited about here at World of Books is that the longlist for The Carnegie Medal has been drawn (the winner will be selected in the Summer).
Born in Sussex in 1954, Melvin Burgess left school with A-levels in Biology and English (a strange but suitably quirky combination!), and promptly enrolled on a journalism course for six months. At 21, he moved to Bristol (where his controversial novel Junk is set) for a few years and began his writing career, experimenting with short stories, children’s fiction and radio plays, in between spells of work and unemployment.