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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Educational; New edition edition (20 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007178646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007178643
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,130,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Gibbons is a full-time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major book festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan has recently embarked on a high-profile, nationwide campaign to champion libraries and librarianship and to reevaluate government commitment to educational spending. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

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"Alan Gibbons is committed to writing books boys will read...No film or television could compete with the immediacy of this intense plotting." Sunday Herald

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Crackling with tension a novel about a mother and son desperate to start a new life. Abridged edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
The main charcters in this book are fifteen - year old Danny and his mother Cathy. Cathy is white, while Danny is mixed race. (His mother became pregnant a sixteen with him by a black man named Des who is introduced later on). In the beginning they both run away from Cathy's violent and abusive boyfriend Chris Kane to Cathy's Northern hometown, Edgecliff. When they arrive, they are made to feel unwelcome by Cathy's father who disapproves of mixed - race relationships and regards Danny as a 'mistake'. Elsewhere in the town, racism is a major issue and Danny starts to find himself in complicated webs; especially when he starts the local high school. And then Chris starts to track them down...
This book is FANTASTIC. Its characters are well-formed and fully believable, its plot is meaty yet easy to follow and it is consistently fast paced and exciting, which is rare. It investigates the capacities of humans for love, emotion, violence, prejudice and stereotypical behaviour amazingly well, and allows further expression for the different characters's views as the book is told in mini - sections, each titled with the name of the character concerned. Congratulations to Alan Gibbons for writing such an excellent book that in my opinion should win every award going.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be one of the best I have ever read.
It kept me interested, intrigued and constantly wanting to find out what happened next. The book is set out as if it were a diary, each chapter being split up into each characters entry for that particular day.
The characters are well portrayed and each of the them show very different personalities but all coming together in the end, giving a dramatic scene and climax to the novel, sorting out the bad from the good.
I found the book carefully and perfectly written the whole way throughout; and I feel that other readers will think the same.
As this is the first book I have read by this particular author it definitely made me want to read other books and set a very good example.
An excellent book by an excellent author!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leah on 28 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
`The Edge' is an enticing novel covering some of the main modern day issues and concerns such as domestic violence, single parenting, drugs, psychotic disorders and racism. The author uses short, sharp sentences to give a sense of a hurried and rushed opening to the book. The story is written by Alan Gibbons and is in a multi-narrative form which means that different characters can convey their different emotions about the same parts of the story. This is an unusual technique and it is very difficult to write in this way because you have to understand the characters yourself and also understand their emotions in order to express their feelings through yourself as the author. Alan Gibbons has done this very successfully because his technique gives you an insight into their previous lives, however, meeting Chris Kane, Cathy is not `allowed' a past because Chris thinks he is her past, present and future but she still refers back to her youth when he's not around. Cathy is not the main character in this story but she does give us some information about the way Chris behaved before the beginning of the book. You might be thinking that Chris Kane is the main character in the book, he does have a large part in the book but Cathy's son, Danny, is the main character. He is living with his mother and her ex-boyfriend who still loves her and will not let her go. In this novel Cathy is escaping from her deluded, `abusive' and extremely `possessive' ex-partner with Danny and they are venturing out of London to stay with Cathy's parents.

The characters in this novel have very different personalities because Danny is a traumatised, `insecure' and an `abused' teenager; Cathy is low in self-esteem, damaged but independent and Chris is a `psychotic', antisocial `animal'.
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By Lauren on 27 April 2013
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This book had made me want to just keep reading, it was really interesting and I had not thought even once about not finishing it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tom123 on 5 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
`We've got to go!'

These are the first words Danny hears in the morning from his mum. They are running away from her boyfriend, Chris, who is violent and cruel to them. They are very close to getting caught but manage to get away, but Chris isn't giving up without a fight. When he finds a simple page from an old newspaper about where they've gone he's got them cornered and there's no way out. But thanks to Cathy's dad who saves the day putting his life at risk for there's.

This book is a very tense book and makes you want to read on and on to see if Chris will ever find them or if they get away from him forever.

The book is not written in chapters but where each person writes there thoughts at a time which I really enjoy reading as it makes a difference from your everyday book.

I would not change one bit of this book as I just loved every one of the 192 pages in this book
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From the first page you are gripped, straight away you are hooked into this fast moving story - couldn't put it down.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben on 24 Jan. 2004
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After reading this book (The Edge - Alan Gibbons) I felt uplifted by the struggle of a young mother and her teenage son. Although people realise domestic violence goes on, not much is known why. Through Chris you can see how these people think. This book is cleverly written to show the opinion of each character all the way through the book. A top class book!! Highly recommended!
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