Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors

Author James Dawson’s UKYA Books of the Year

2012 has been a mega year for UKYA, yes MEGA. With a couple of notable exceptions (oh hai Leigh Bardugo’s GATHERING DARK) ALL of my faves have been by UK writers. I think we do some awesome work  -I’m just gonna float that out there. Here are but five excellent examples of 2012 releases:

images-5WHAT’S UP WITH JODY BARTON? by Hayley Long – rightly nominated for the Waterstones prize, this coming of age tale pulls of the rare, rare feat of being powerful and moving without ever being worthy or mawkish, which I loathe. Please read this today.

THE CITY’S SON by Tom Pollock – Do you like beautiful, elegant prose? Do you enjoy fast-paced urban fantasy? Do you appreciate sinister oil men and living statues? I thought so. Read this book.

TORN by Cat Clarke – A group of girls do a very, very bad thing to the school bitch and have to deal with the consequences. Like a teen movie, but with a achingly real, unshowy ending. I can’t wait for Undone.

images-2HEART SHAPED BRUISE by Tanya Byrne – A masterclass in ‘voice’, Tanya’s damaged/fabulous main character, stabby Emily Koll, lives and breathes from these pages. There’s a reason everyone’s talking about it, yo.

UNREST by Michelle Harrison – Genuinely scary stuff in which a flawed young man is (literally) occupied by the spirits of restless spirits. Not just a ghost story but a twisty turny thriller too!

Get reading! There’s so many 2013 releases to be excited about you haven’t got time to waste! See you next August dear readers! James xxx


Author: K

YA writer. Voracious reader. Feminist. Home educator. Addicted to tea and Twitter.

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