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Martyn Pig [Paperback]

Kevin Brooks
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26 Dec 2002
Meet Martyn Pig, a boy caught in a miserable world whose life just got worse. Trapped by events following a single, shocking accident, he makes a decision with breathtaking consequences.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House Ltd; New edition edition (26 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903434998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903434994
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* This could become a cult novel. INDEPENDENT *... will keep you gripped. OBSERVER *... dark, funny and with a neat twist in the tale. This is very good stuff indeed. Watch this guy, he's good. MELVIN BURGESS * An immensely clever murder mystery. LITERARY REVIEW" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Kevin Brooks lives in Manningtree, Essex. He has won the Branford Boase Award and been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Book Trust Teenage book of the Year. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 7 Jan 2007
`Did I hate him? Of course I hated him. But I never meant to kill him.' This quote is taken from the novel Martyn Pig, written by Kevin Brooks.

Martyn Pig is a thirteen year old boy, forced to live with his drunken, unreliable dad, after his mother left his father . The book is set a week before Christmas usually a time for festive cheer, and excitement, but for Martyn, it was the worst week of his life. One day, Martyn and his father are sitting down in front of the television, watching Inspector Morse, when Martyn's dad, totally drunk starts making snide, and stupid remarks about the programme. After a while, Inspector Morse calls for his assistant Lewis. Martyn's father picks up this catchphrase and begins to repeat it, in a loud and obnoxious manner. After some time, this proves too much for Martyn, who is trying hard to concentrate on the programme. At this point, Martyn yells at his father telling him to cut it out, and to stop making the pathetic remarks. Enraged, Martyn's father lunges towards Martyn. In the frenzy, Martyn steps smoothly away, and gives his father a sharp push in the back, sending him sprawling into the fire place, where his head slams heavily into the corner of the fireplace. Scared to call the police, Martyn is faced with two options. He can either tell the police the truth, or hide the body and get on with the rest of his life. Sound simple? Think again, with shocking discoveries and disturbing consequences Martyn and his friend Alex try to deal with the disaster, leading to death, love and betrayal.

In my opinion this is the best book I have ever read, and is undoubtedly a novel to read before you die. I loved the plot in this book, and the way it can be read over and over again without disappointment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good - but not great. 3 Aug 2003
This book is about a boy named Martyn Pig who lives in a town which he hates, has a snobby aunt and a father who is a drunk. His only friend is a girl named Alex who lives across the street and had a boyfriend named Dean. One day just before Christmas, when Martyn accidentally kills his father and the untrustworthy Dean finds out, Alex and Martyn have to carry out a drastic plan to save their own skins. Later on the book there is a twist in the tale which was well - planned and enhances the story.
I personally liked how the book was outspoken and original and how the author (Kevin Brooks) conveyed Martyn's inner thoughts and dreams. The final twist was almost genius of the author and because of that I can imagine this becoming a cult teenage novel.
Yet some parts of the story were slow and unrealistic. I also noticed that it did not contain much descripton in places meaning that it became loosely constructed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definate must read!! 31 Mar 2005
By A Customer
this is a great book with an unexpected twist in the end! i won't tell you the plot because i dont want to give it away but i would recommend this to any one!!! READ IT!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dark, dark tale 10 Nov 2012
When a series of events ends with the accidental death of Martyn Pig's father, Martyn decides he has two choices; risk telling the police what happened and hope they believe him, or do his best to cover up the death and hope no one finds out. Needless to say, Martyn chooses the harder of the two and what follows is a dark tale of what can happen when the truth runs away from you and the lies take over.

As usual with Brooks, this is a well written, thought provoking tale, with a storyline that keeps you guessing. There's also a pretty surprising twist in the tale, which I thought was clever, but the main problem for me was the characters themselves. Martyn, Martyn's father, Alex (Martyn's best friend), Dean (Alex's boyfriend), Martyn's aunt - none of them were likeable. And I found it incredibly difficult to believe that a 14 year old boy would be able to get away with what is essentially manslaughter. Much of Martyn's behaviour throughout the book also seems to teeter on the edge of some sort of mental illness (possibly schizophrenia). He has long conversations with what appears to be a voice (or voices) in his head and deals with events in a very cold, detached, and calculated way. Only when it seems that he may have been found out does he show any kind of remorse, but even this is short-lived when he realises the police can't really pin anything specific on him.

Overall there's no escaping that this is very well written, but the subject matter and tone left me feeling more than a little uneasy and slightly depressed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 30 Jun 2004
By A Customer
This book is, well... amazing. Normally i would never have ridden this kind of book, as i do consider it to be a childs book. Yet as i was given it i felt no harm in doing so, needless to say I finished in a night. The inner thoughts of martyn pig, are so like my own i found it suprising. If anything i would suggest you read this book, as it gives much food for thought
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weird 5 Feb 2014
By Mrs C
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a weird book. The ending is supposed to be a twist to the tail, but unfortunately it was all too predictable. I did not like the style it was written in and found the book very strange indeed. Very creepy and strange. It did not appeal to me at all. I persevered with it to the end once I had started reading it, and i am sure there are some people out there who enjoy gross books who will like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine
Fast delivery. Met description. Good that it had a plastic cover for it, but slightly bend cover and some pages; however, no major damage to it.
Published 2 months ago by jj isobel
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and entertaining YA noir thriller
15-year-old Martyn Pig has lived with his alcoholic and physically abusive father ever since his mother walked out several years earlier. Read more
Published 5 months ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing!
Absolutely amazing, Kevin did a fantastic job of portraying a young boy and plonked us right in his head. I was hooked from the first (maybe second) page. Read more
Published 6 months ago by GeoffB
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality teen read
A good book for young adults. This is a page-turner and would engage even reluctant readers. It's also a GCSE set text so is appropriately challenging for more able readers.
Published 6 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Martyn Pig
I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put it down! Even when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripped me and I hate reading!
Best book I have read for a long time. Kevin Brooks presents readers with a character to admire and feel for!
Published 10 months ago by Mr Keith R langley
4.0 out of 5 stars Eleanor hartle 3/8/2013
I Martin pig was amazing I really enjoyed the book through out, I was gripped and it made me want to read more and more and I found it hard to put the book down and stop reading I... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Morag chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I had to buy this for my sons GCSE I picked it up and honestly could not put it down
Published 11 months ago by caz42
5.0 out of 5 stars Martyn pig.
My son needed this book for his English exam, he said it is helping him. I very happy with the purchase.
Published 12 months ago by denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
A cracking read, full of humour, warmth, twists and turns. Hints of a modern day Catcher in the Rye. You will not be disappointed!
Published 13 months ago by Cat Christian
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