Melvin Burgess | 'Like a lot of white folks, I’ve been wary of writing Black characters'

Melvin Burgess | 'Like a lot of white folks, I’ve been wary of writing Black characters'

This summer Andersen Press will be celebrating acclaimed YA novelist Melvin Burgess by publishing his new novel Three Bullets, a near-future dystopia, as well as a 25th-anniversary edition of his classic book Junk, with a foreword by Malorie Blackman. 

Three Bullets is set in a version of the UK that is in the grip of civil war. The novel’s protagonist, Marti, lives in a society that is controlled by the Brotherhood of the Blood of Jesus, a far-right, white supermacist organisation that sends anyone who doesn’t fit with its ideology to the Evangelical Realignment Centre (ERAC). At the cent...

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