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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Definitions (Young Adult) (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099482134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099482130
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony McGowan is one of the most widely acclaimed young-adult authors in the UK. His books have won several major awards, and been shortlisted for many more. He has also written highly regarded adult fiction, as well as books for younger readers. He has a PhD on the history of beauty, and has taught philosophy and creative writing. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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"Anthony McGowan made a hilarious debut with Hellbent, a modern take on Dante which manages to mix existentialist and determinist philosophy with quite surprising amounts of poo" (Anthony Horowitz Sunday Telegraph)

"A wisecracking helterskelter . . . Real boys' stuff . . . but watch out for a twist in the novel's devilish tail" (Hepzibah Anderson Observer)

"A brilliantly nauseating thriller . . . It is a devilishly funny, clever and moving novel" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"Dante for beginners with a serious moral message" (Geraldine Brennan TES)

"Every writer hates to hear the words "stunning new talent" applied to someone else, but in the case of Anthony McGowan nothing else will do" (Meg Rosoff)

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A brilliantly funny, occasionally tender and always surprising view of a sixteen-year-old boy's Hell - an explosive cross between Terry Pratchett and Dante!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Courtley on 5 Dec. 2007
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Very humorous, philosophical... a wacky and wonderful journey through incredulity, fear, guilt, sympathy and understanding etc. A bench-mark for this genre I'd say and great value - I bought it for one of my sons, he loved it, so did his twin brother and so did I. We have now all read Henry Tumour as well which is also great - maybe even better than this I think. Looking forward to his next book...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lilysmum VINE VOICE on 17 May 2007
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Anthony Horowicz said this book had lots and lots of poo in it, and it does, but it also makes you think. It's a work of teenage philosophy as well as a page turning read. I don't think it's quite as good as Henry Tumour, but it's good, and it should get even reluctant boys hooked. I think suitable for age 12/13 and over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Gardner on 12 Nov. 2007
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Absolutely fantastic! Nothing else can sum up this awesome book! It's funny and oh so different, yet it really makes the reader question their own mortality and what awaits us all. If a Hollywood director is watching - this should be a film!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vimes on 1 Oct. 2009
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It's been a really long time since I last read a book that really gripped me (and I read a LOT of books)... but then I found this gem of a book. It was sheer genius, hilarious, had me crying with laughter in parts. Great narratorial voice and very dry wit. Very much a cross-over novel- for young adult AND adult readers. Can't recommend it enough, going to buy all his other stuff and keep an eye out for anything else he writes. Genius!
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