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Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had varied jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before he secured his first book deal for Martyn Pig, a black comedy about a 15-year-old who decides not to tell the authorities when his alcoholic father dies accidentally. Martyn Pig was shortlisted for a 2002 Carnegie Medal, won the 2003 Branford Boase Award, and set the tone for the dark subject matter of Kevin's novels.