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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074758172X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747581727
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham has spent his whole career in children's publishing, firstly as a designer and Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and author. His first published work was a book of poetry, Seeing is Touching (Taurus Press), which came out while he was studying Information Graphics at Harrow School of Art. For some reason, he didn't see this as a sign of things to come and didn't write anything else for years.

Graham has worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts (which was his storytelling apprenticeship), done an eight year stint as a copywriter in an advertising agency (where they pay you more for writing less) and was the Children's Editor for Publishing News until it's closure in 2008. He has also written a number of TV and film-related books, for characters such as SpiderMan, Wallace and Gromit, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Judge Dredd.

Bloomsbury have published his critically acclaimed YA fiction, including Radio Radio, How It Works - South Lanarkshire Book Award winner, 2005 - Zoo, Tokyo - Catalan Young Adult Fiction Award , 2009 - and Omega Place.

Usborne publish his thrillers for the 8-12 age range, including Snatched!, Kaï-ro, I Spy: The Constantinople Caper and its sequel Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper.

Meanwhile Catnip have republished new and revised editions of the books he wrote in the mid-90s: Strange Hiding Place, Faultline, Takedown (previously titled Skitzo) and Playing with Phyre (previously titled Haden's Quest).

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How it Works 'How it Works gets better and better as it goes along ... This book has a soul' Guardian Zoo 'A breathless thriller' Observer

About the Author

Graham Marks lives in London. As well as writing novels he works for Publishing News. This is his fourth novel for Bloomsbury. How It Works won the South Lanarkshire Book Award.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. X. Waite on 11 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
Adam goes to Tokyo to track down his sister Charlie who has gone missing. This is essentially a thriller combined with some romance.

I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The storyline, although at times a little unrealistic, moves at a pace. You keep turning the pages and it's a delight to read a book where you don't already know what's going to happen, some great twists and turns.

I especially enjoyed the Tokyo setting, I think the author really got the sense of place across, there are some scenes in the book which will stay with me due to how well-described the bustling, busy and mad streets of Tokyo seemed. The city was brought to life vividly. This is definitely a teen read, some swearing and mild sexual references.

Thoroughly enjoyable and I am now off to find another book by Graham Marks. Refreshing to read something so different which doesn't dumb down for it's teenage audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Leadbetter on 14 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
I don't often find that I am swept up by novels, but I could hardly put Tokyo down. The characters are all well drawn, and the teenage protaganist acts in a quite believable way.

The narration is witty and off-hand in a way that you could almost imagine Terry Pratchett writing, while the story presses on without pause.

I'll be seeking out more from Mr. Marks!
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