Malorie Blackman | 'Teenagers are more aware that they have a voice'

Malorie Blackman | 'Teenagers are more aware that they have a voice'

"I’m very mean to my characters!" laughs Malorie Blackman when we meet in London to talk about Crossfire, the fifth novel in the Noughts & Crosses series. In the first chapters alone, murder charges and kidnapping are among the challenges faced by her protagonists. Blackman recently went to see "Noughts & Crosses" on stage. "I sat there thinking, it’s wonderful but I’m more cheerful than that!" The treatment meted out to her characters is indeed in sharp relief to her own warmth but, she says, these are stories that need to be told.

Noughts & Crosses has been a bestseller since publication...

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