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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471400336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471400339
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Mayhew originally trained as a journalist, then as an actress, and started writing because she wanted there to be more brilliant roles for girls. Her plays have been performed in London and Edinburgh, and on BBC Radio 4. Julie's debut novel, RED INK, was short-listed for the 2014 Branford Boase Award, while The Bookseller describes upcoming THE BIG LIE as, "One book that everyone will be talking about." Julie is founder and host of short story cabaret The Berko Speakeasy. She is also quite good at ice skating.
www.juliemayhew.co.uk


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'This beautifully-written coming-of-age story is at once heartbreaking, and full of robust humour and hopefulness. Shot through with black comedy, and with a fantastically frank and funny narrator in Melon, this challenging and uncompromising young adult novel interrogates family, identity, memory and the myths and superstitions we create for ourselves. Powerful, unusual and enormously compelling, Red Ink marks out Julie Mayhew as a young adult author to watch.' --Booktrust Books We Like February 2013

'Red Ink is heart-breaking and ultimately uplifting.' --We Love This Book

About the Author

Julie Mayhew writes plays for radio and the stage. Her short stories are published in the UK and the US, and she is working on a second novel. Julie grew up in Peterborough, studied Journalism at Bournemouth University and trained as an actress at Drama Studio London. She still acts (a bit), mostly for BBC Radio 4. Home is now Hertfordshire, where she lives with her husband and two young sons. Find out more about Julie at www.juliemayhew.co.uk or follow her on Twitter: @Juliemayhew

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AmyM on 8 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read this almost by mistake, I am not a teenager, neither do I have teenagers, but I loved the sound of the story, and now I am glad I did. Red Ink is, finally, a refreshingly honest acount of teenage angst. Melon is not your average teenager, she is quirky and awkward and has had a lot to deal with, but she is real and portrayed brilliantly. The flashback scenes to Crete transport you to an idyllic setting, which combines perfectly with the gritty world Melon finds herelf in. By the end I found I had warmed to her so much I almost wanted to be a teenager again to be her friend and help her overcome her problems. Yes, it may not be comfortable reading in parts, but this is what a lot of teenagers are going through and the author has done a great job of this, combined with a fantastic and gripping story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AmericanGirlinLDN on 8 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I found this book both touching and funny, as it explores the complexities of family and the painfulness of growing up. A great YA novel that combines an interesting, dark narrative with genuine emotion and wit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jennywithtoomanybooks on 11 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a very emotionally intense book which catches you up in the anger and misery of a grief stricken teenager with a difficult relationship with her mother. The dialogue and description is very vivid and gave me a strong sense of place and character. It is written in the first person with the choppy brevity of a teenage diary which carries you from page to page. I am the mother of two teenage girls and I think it would be enjoyed by young people who enjoy real life fiction. It does deal with tough issues like death, grief and sex and has a small amount of bad language- so if you want to shield your children from these things this is not the book for you - though you would have to ban the Tv news and all adult fiction too, and not send them to school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen J Beal on 11 Feb. 2013
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There's certainly never a good time to lose your mother, but when you're not yet sixteen and you've never known your father, it can't be one of the best. Melon is a troubled and troubling girl, but a highly engaging and often funny teenager. There's a hopefulness here, and a battling instinct that never gets lost - this is partly a story about a rite of passage, partly one of survival. Julie Mayhew's deftness of touch keeps a dark story moving, stops it from being gloomy. Very highly recommended read.
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By Kirsty at the Overflowing Library VINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2013
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Red ink is a brilliant coming of age story which I enjoyed thoroughly

At the start of the book you meet Melon. Melon is 15 and has just lost her mother, the only real family she has, and has found herself alone in the world. The story follows her as she starts to find out more about her past and where she comes from.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the way in which the story was told. It flips between present day and then flashes back to different points in Melon's past so you can learn more about where she has come from. I really enjoyed this method of story telling and loved digging around and finding out more about the main character.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is that Melon herself is brilliantly funny. She has a brilliant sense of humour and refuses to let the fact that her mother has died get in the way of this to the point where it makes other people around her a bit uncomfortable leaving them not quite sure what to say. I thought this awkwardness of knowing how to treat someone after such a tragic loss was brilliantly realistic.

Another part of the book is the story that Melon has been told about her past and her family since she was a little girl. I wasn't quite sure how it all fit into the book as a novel at first but loved seeing how it developed and added to the book as a whole by the end.

The book itself was engaging throughout and kept me completely fascinated the more I found out about Melon and her recent past often alongside her. I thought the way in which these revelations were revealed was done really cleverly and I enjoyed piecing together the jigsaw as I went along.

All in all a brilliant coming of age story with a brilliant protagonist who you wanted to get behind and root for from page one. Well worth a read.
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Not the kind of book that I would usually read but I'm incredibly glad that I did. This book is being published as YA fiction but the quality of the writing and the complexity of what it contains means that this is a novel that would appeal to older readers too. Melon Fouraki is the 15 year old narrator, a girl left spinning after her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus. She opens her heart to the reader whilst rejecting most offers of help from those around her: her mother's boyfriend Paul, social workers, counsellors. She has a dark sense of humour and plenty of bite but underneath all that we sense a girl desperately trying to find something solid to cling onto. What she has is 'The Story', the one told to her by her mother about her family back in Crete and how she came to England and gave birth to Melon. But The Story isn't built on firm foundations and Melon will have to question every element of it as she makes a journey back to Crete herself to discover the truth about her mother, herself and the myths that surround them. Mayhew writes with great verve as Melon and with great poetry in the sections that revolve around The Story and I liked the way in which the book itself became more complex and grown up as Melon herself approached her sixteenth birthday. There's great versatility there, which is why I think not only YA readers but many others would find lots to admire and enjoy.
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