In Print Books

This is a list of Robert Westall's in print books. You can order them at your local bookshop or online by clicking on the Amazon link for each book.

Ghost Abbey is an out of print book but is now available in Kindle and Ebook format.See the out of print books list for the buy links.

THE MACHINE GUNNERS (10+)

First Published 1975 Macmillan.
Awards:
CILIP Carnegie Medal
Runner-up Guardian Award
Boston Globe Horn Book Award 1977 Honor Book
Preis der Leseratten 1989
Carnegie Medal 70th Anniversary 2007 Top Ten


Chas McGill has the second-best collection of war souvenirs in Garmouth and he desperately wants it to be the best. When he finds a crashed German bomber in the woods with it's shiny black machine gun still intact, he grabs his chance. Soon he's masterminding his own war effort with dangerous and unexpected results.

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THE WIND EYE (11+)

First published 1976 Macmillan. Now published by Catnip.

On the sombre coast of Northumberland, near the Farne Islands, a family holiday starts off with the usual rows and bickering. But then, without warning, strange things start to happen. Could a saint, dead for 1,300 years, work miracles? The Studdard family, each faced with challenging and dangerous forces, have to decide about Saint Cuthbert.

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THE SCARECROWS (13+)

First published 1981 Chatto & Windus. Now published by Random House.
Awards:
CILIP Carnegie Medal
Boston Globe Horn Book Award Honor Book 1982

Simon is outraged by the news that his mum plans to remarry. He can't bear her new fiance or the way his mother and sister seem to have forgotten his late father. Overwhelmed by hatred and anger, he seeks solace in a nearby abandoned mill. But another powerful hatred lingers within it's walls and is about to be unleashed.

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BREAK OF DARK (12+)

First published 1982 by Chatto and Windus. Now published by Random House.

There is a barrier that divides the dark unknown from the ordinary. Sometimes that barrier is crossed ....a haunted bomber plane; a very odd hitchhiker; an ordinary policeman faced with a series of extraordinary thefts; the mysterious smell in Roger and Biddy's house. These five chilling but frequently humorous stories illustrate how eerily the supernatural can cross over into the everyday world.

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FUTURETRACK FIVE (13+)

First published 1983 Viking Kestrel. Now published by HarperCollins.
Awards:
The Carnegie Medal Runner-up
1990 Preis der Leseratten
ALA Best Book for Young Adults

When Kit scores full marks in his final exams, he finds he's been a bit too clever for his own good. For instead of settling into a comfortable life as an Est, he is allocated to the Techs, a small body of people who maintain the all important computers. Still, it's safer than being sent through the Wire, where no-hopers and crazy proles fight for survival. Kit's sure there must be more to life and, with his state-of-the-art motorbike, goes searching for it. That's when he meets Keri and tastes that elusive freedom for the first time. But with that freedom comes knowledge and responsibility, and a darker future than either could have imagined.

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SPINETINGLERS (10+)


First published 1988 Kingfisher.

A chilling collection of ghostly stories by classic masters of the genre, chosen by the late Robert Westall.

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BLITZCAT (12+)


First published 1989 Macmillan.
Awards:
Smarties Senior Prize
Runner-up Children's Book Prize

Separated from her beloved master by the fortunes of war, the cat knew who she wanted. And she knew where to find him. Her singed black fur might smell of oil and cordite, she might be deafened and blinded, but she kept going. She led the way to safety out of blitzed Coventry. People touched her for luck or feared her as an omen of disaster. Wherever she went, she changed lives: Mrs. Smiley of Dover, falling in love with her warlike Sergeant Smith; Ollie and his old horses; the aircrew of B.Baker and Susan Marriot who just wanted to die in peace. She never wavered. She was the Blitzcat.

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THE KINGDOM BY THE SEA (11+)


First published 1990 Methuen. Now published by HarperCollins.
Awards:
The Guardian Award
Highly Commended Carnegie Medal


Bombs are falling on Tyneside. Harry begins to count. If you were still counting at ten the bombs had missed you. The last thing he remembered saying was 'seven'. Harry survives but his parents and his house are gone. He can't bear the idea of living with relatives so he goes to live on the beach, alone, except for the dog he finds there. He makes his way up the Northumbrian coast. He is a survivor, but there is one last battle he is unprepared for.

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT (7-11)


First published 1995 Methuen. Now published by Catnip.

Two Christmas stories with masterly drawings by John Lawrence. In The Christmas Cat a girl's miserable holiday at her uncle's vicarage is saved by the appearance of a unruly neighbour and an abandoned pregnant cat. In The Christmas Ghost a boy has a hair-raising encounter with a ghost at the factory where his father works – a ghost who must convey a desperate message.

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SIZE TWELVE (7-11)


First published 1993 Heinemann. Now published by Catnip.

Valley Road Primary School has seen better days. The pupils run wild and the teachers have given up. Then a large black cat wanders in through the gates and everything changes. The cat, Size Twelve, teams up with the most fearsome kid in class and between them they turn Valley Road upside down. Suddenly the future looks bright!

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A TIME OF FIRE (10+)


First published 1994 Macmillan. Now published by Catnip.
Awards:
Short-listed for the Carnegie Medal


It takes just a few seconds for the German bomber to drop it's deadly explosives and disappear into the clouds. But those seconds change Sonny's life for ever. His father leaves home, rage and grief at what has happened driving him to seek revenge on the enemy. Left behind with his grandparents Sonny finds himself pursuing his own dramatic and intensely personal confrontation with the Germans. And with the unknown Luftwaffe pilot who killed his mother.

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BLITZ (8-11)

First published 1995 HarperCollins.

The four stories featured in Blitz share a common theme: World War Two and it's effect on the lives of ordinary people, especially children.

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DAVID AND THE KITTENS (5+)


First published 2003 Hodder.

Beautifully illustrated by William Geldart, this is a book for younger readers. David and his Gran watch Furble carefully as she prepares herself for motherhood. They don't need to worry because Furble knows just what to do and before too long, they are going to have more than one cat to watch!

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THE MAKING OF ME (Memoir)


First published 2006 Catnip.

Discovered after his death, compiled and edited by Lindy McKinnel, the late Robert Westall's partner, these are some of his childhood recollections, featuring in addition how he came to write his best-known book, The Machine Gunners. They illustrate clearly his challenging, powerful and affecting writing.

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