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Millions [Kindle Edition]

Frank Cottrell Boyce
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two bothers, Damian and Anthony, are unwittingly caught up in a train robbery during Britain's countdown to join the Euro. Suddenly finding themselves with a vast amount of cash, the boys have just one glorious, appalling dilemma – how to spend it in the few days before it becomes worthless. Torn between the vices of buying a million pizzas and the virtues of ending world poverty, the boys soon discover that being rich is a mug's game. For not only is the clock ticking – the bungling bank robbers are closing in.Pizzas or World Peace, what would you choose?


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"It's hard to imagine the person who wouldn't enjoy it." The Guardian; "Frank Cottrell Boyce's first novel has all the classic ingredients to delight children, but adds the anguish of bereavement to its irresistible comic adventure." The Times"

South Yorkshire Times, 4th November 2004

This is a one in a million book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060733314
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (9 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GVUPS2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Frank Cottrell Boyce, father of seven, is an established British screenwriter whose credits include GOD ON TRIAL, WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, HILARY AND JACKIE and 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE. He lives in Merseyside with his family. Frank's first book, Millions won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 and has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2004. Millions has also been made into a movie directed by Danny Boyle (with a screen-play written by Frank) and was chosen as the Liverpool Reads book for 2005/06.

Frank's second novel, Framed, was published in September 2005. Framed has followed the success of Millions, being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award and the Guardian Prize. It was also selected as a Booked Up title in 2007 and was made into a feature-length drama, broadcast on BBC1 in August 2009 (with a screen-play written by Frank). Frank's third novel, Cosmic, was published in June 2008 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008, the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

In his own words: 'Shortly after leaving university, I had a radio play broadcast and it led to a job at Thames Television (Education Department), where I met Michael Winterbottom who was an editor at the time. We planned to make movies. At the time everyone in England had given up on films. It was after the Goldcrest debacle so it was like saying you wanted to do door-to-door roof thatching or scrimshaw work - a lost art. I supported myself by writing for CORONATION STREET - wonderful fun and the nearest I've ever got to a proper job. Then we made WELCOME TO SARAJEVO and we've made several films since. Other screenplays that I have written include: THE STRANER (nominated for a BAFTA), BUTTERFLY KISS, WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, HILARY AND JACKIE (also nominated for a BAFTA), PANDEMONIUM, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, THE CLAIM, CODE 46, GROW YOUR OWN and MILLIONS.

When I met my wife-to-be, she was planning on becoming a nun. Luckily I managed to persuade her to marry me instead. We now have 7 children, ranging from 24 to five years old and we live in Liverpool.

I can just about remember sitting on the couch with my parents, watching the first men landing on the Moon. We really did think that we were living in the space age and that by the time I had children we would all be able to go on space holidays together. Lots of other amazing things happened instead, of course, but I am still hoping that one day I'll go into space. In the meantime it seemed like it would be fun to go there in my own imagination."

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern, moving tale of money and morality 31 May 2007
By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Millions is the story of a young boy called Damian Cunningham who finds a bag filled with money (£229, 370, to be precise) that has seemingly fallen from the sky. His discovery comes at a time when England is about to change its currency and join the Euro, and so Damian must find a way to spend the money as quickly as possible, before it becomes worthless. Aiding him in this quest is his older brother and only confidant, Anthony; however, unlike Anthony, Damian is a boy of great conscience and sensitivity, and is frequently troubled over the question of "the right thing to do"...

Millions is funny, thought-provoking and moving - as well as being a fairly swift read. There are numerous questions raised within this story - some of them obvious, some of them less so. For example, what is the true value of money? What is the difference between selfishness and selflessness? Which is more important - personal gratification or helping other people? It also addresses issues such as trust (in the book, there are various incidents and one or two characters that cause Damian to question people's their true motives) and grief (Damian's story begins not long after the death of his mother, and his efforts at being "excellent" are a means of coping with this loss).

This book is aimed at able readers aged between 9 and 13, who will no doubt identify with the narrator (Damian) despite his idiosyncrasies, and enjoy discussing the rather grown-up themes presented so expertly by the author.

Matt Pucci
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Millions of good reasons to read... 25 Sept. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We bought this book for our 'level 6' class because Mrs Sedgwick's mum (who is a librarian) said it was well-written and demanding. However, had I just seen it in the library I wouldn't even have read the blurb...but as it turns out, it is an amazing story and I am so glad that we got the chance to give it a try.

Overall, it is about a torn family who are grieving the death of Damian and Anthony's mum (we assume from cancer, but the book isn't clear on that). It also has other meanings such as the fact that even though you may have all the things you think you WANT, money cannot buy you the things you NEED. When a young boy finds a bag of money at the time in which the currency is changing to Euros, so it only has value for 17 more days, he and his brother have to spend quickly. Damian thinks it is a gift from God and needs to be spent doing good; Anthony, his brother, prefers to indulge his taste in extravagance and real estate! Somehow, through a series of exciting adventures, Damian brings the family back together and they all discover that family and friends matter more than any amount of cash!

Personally, I would give this book five stars. Well done, Frank Cottrell Boyce - let's have a few more books. EH
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By davi
Format:Paperback
I think that Frank Cottrell Boyes is a very intelligent writer he uses very good lines like " a dandruff of crumbs fell from his mouth " I recommend this book for young adults and children.

The beginning of the book is about a family had been ripped apart by the death of their mother. The main character is obsessed with because when his mother was in "the better place" they were always on about saints.The boy damian lives with his older brother Anthony,who is intrested in real estate and his dad who use to be in pub quizzes until the death of his beloved wife. The boy damian was in his hermatige whenpraying when a bag of money fell from the sky about 229370 pounds sterling with only 17 days until the brittish pound turns to euro.A women named Dorothy comes into their life and changes it forever.

by kacy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first started reading this phenomenal book I didn't quite understand it but after 1 chapter it becomes really interesting, and would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour.

In the book their are 2 brothers the younger brother called Damian, is extremely obsessed in saints for a very upsetting reason he really wants to be one. this older brother is Anthony is interested in real estate he only cars about money. There dad who's lost his wife ( Maureen ) the 3 have been torn apart by the death of there mum/wife. Damian finds a bag of money and was able to bring the family back together
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read!" 25 Aug. 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a fantastic book for adults and children alike. It is a short, amusing tale about 2 brothers (from somewhere in or near Liverpool) who end up with a large amount of cash they need to dispose of. The younger brother, who is telling the tale has Aspergers or another form of autism, and although that is not the point of the story, it certainly features heavily in the writing style (similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime).
This book is perfect to read independently or aloud, in school or at home. It is truly fantastic!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem 31 July 2006
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my daughter to read on holiday, but after reading the first few pages I ended up nabbing it first. The simple, conversational style of Damian, the young narrator is utterly charming and I found the story both witty and wise. But nothing prepared me for the moment when I turned the last page and read the final paragraph - I found it both incredibly moving and joyously uplifting. Brilliant stuff, Frank. Keep 'em coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books i have read for ages
brilliant book really enjoying this story
Published 1 day ago by SFEVEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely easy read
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce .....lovely easy to read story !with some good moralistic thinking points thrown in..recommend it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book was really good but did have some confusing bits perfect for preteens and anyone really
It was really good
Published 21 days ago by 1234
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, yet frightening
I enjoyed reading this book. Frank Cottrell Boyce is an amazing author. The only bit that I didn't like was the description of the robbery. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Alastair Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My 11 year old son loved this
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My son really liked this book!
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This book is amazing! A great story about two brothers and a lot of cash. Anyone who buys this book is sure to love it.
Published 3 months ago by Alanna Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by Hollie Winstanley
Recommended for 9 to 13 yr olds. It's a fictional story about a boy called Damien Cunningham who is fascinated by saints and would like to become one himself. Read more
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