path of success for a writer is to write every day,
even if it’s gobbledegook”. Malorie
During her writing career Malorie has won a host
of other awards, including:
Sheffield Children’s Book of the Year Award
2002 for 'Noughts and Crosses'
Bafta Best Children’s Drama Award 2000 for
'Pig Heart Boy'
WH Smith’s Mind Boggling Book Award 1994 for
Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Children’s Book of
the Year Award 1994 for 'Hacker'
“My earliest memory is
of our house in Beckenham when I was three. My dad
had bought me a walking-talking doll for a surprise.
When he pulled the doll’s cord and it walked
towards me saying “mamma mamma” in its
awful little robotic voice, I didn’t see a
beautiful doll, I saw a monster that had to be destroyed
before it could kill me. I hurled it into the fire,
where it bubbled and melted horribly.
That early incident with the doll shows I’ve
always had a vivid imagination. Many years after
I came to write my book as a way of exorcising bad
Extract taken from an interview in the Evening Standard 14 Oct 2004.
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