Author(s): Alan Gibbons
'Today I shot the girl I love'. GCSE's are over and sixteen-year-old Imogen is looking forward to a perfect, lazy English summer. But her world is turned upside down by three refugees, all hiding from life. Anthony is fourteen, already an outcast, bullied and shunned by his peers. Farid is an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, who has travelled across continents seeking peace. And Gordon Craig is a bitter, lonely man. She knows all of them, but she doesn't know how dangerous they are. Being part of their lives could cost Imogen her own. Supercharged with tension and drama, Alan Gibbon's novel is about what happens when the fabric of normality is ripped apart exposing the terrifying dark beneath.
Dolphin Books, 2003. Ae ex-library paperback copy in very good condition.
Winner of the Blue Peter Book I couldn't Put down Award with SHADOW OF THE MINOTAUR. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal with SHADOW OF THE MINOTAUR. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal with THE EDGE. Hugely popular author with extensive fanbase. Widely and frequently reviewed by all major publications. 'Turbo-charged with all the same dramatic suspense and explosive concluding events of his previous output this is real lump-in-the-throat stuff, an impassioned outburst written with real feeling and conviction, which cannot leave the reader unmoved or unchanged, it is a rare and important, brave and beautiful book celebrating difference.
And it deserves to be read.' School Librarian 'Touching, real and powerfully memorable...the effect is electric ' Lindsey Fraser on The Edge 350,000 copies of Alan Gibbon's titles have been sold. Published in 11 languages around the world.
"Gibbons is a writer who wears his political heart on his sleeve...[he] takes readers by the ears and forces them to focus on social injustices of many kinds...In The Dark Beneath, Gibbons shows a softer side, retaining the unflinching focus that characterises his work, this time on the plight of asylum seekers... He challenges his readers to learn from what they read and how his story makes them feel." -- Lindsey Fraser Guardian, 18 November 2003 "This book is amazing and original". Lancashire Book of the Year Reviews, 2005
Alan Gibbons is a full time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major Book Festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan is also a key contributor at the QCA/National Literary Strategy 'Writing Together' conferences. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.