Robert Westall


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in North Shields, Northumberland, The United Kingdom
January 01, 1929

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Robert Westall was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1929.

His first published book The Machine Gunners (1975) which won him the Carnegie Medal is set in World War Two when a group of children living on Tyneside retrieve a machine-gun from a crashed German aircraft. He won the Carnegie Medal again in 1981 for The Scarecrows, the first writer to win it twice. He won the Smarties Prize in 1989 for Blitzcat and the Guardian Award in 1990 for The Kingdom by the Sea. Robert Westall's books have been published in 21 different countries and in 18 different languages, including Braille.

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The Machine-Gunners

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3.92 avg rating — 1,936 ratings — published 1975 — 31 editions
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Blitzcat

3.90 avg rating — 947 ratings — published 1989 — 17 editions
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The Kingdom by the Sea

4.02 avg rating — 407 ratings — published 1990 — 23 editions
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The Scarecrows

3.71 avg rating — 268 ratings — published 1981 — 14 editions
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The Cats of Seroster

3.86 avg rating — 201 ratings — published 1984 — 4 editions
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Futuretrack 5

4.02 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 1983 — 7 editions
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Ghost Abbey

3.44 avg rating — 176 ratings — published 1988 — 12 editions
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The Devil on the Road

4.17 avg rating — 124 ratings — published 1978 — 9 editions
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The Stones of Muncaster Cat...

4.06 avg rating — 173 ratings — published 1991 — 11 editions
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The Watch House

3.58 avg rating — 127 ratings — published 1977 — 17 editions
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“He smelt of English sweat and English beer, and it was a good cure for dead faces.”
Robert Westall, Harvest

“That night, after we'd had our tea, Kevin and I went bird-watching. Not the usual sort, plodding round the fields with great binoculars round your neck (though I did take my work binoculars). No, we go up in the big trees in the wood, where the birds live. Right to the tops we go, where the branches sway and swing like a comfy bed, and you can look along the green billows of the tree-tops. In spring, we take the eggs out of the nests, handling them gentle, like, and putting them back afterwards of course. An' getting away quickly, so the hen-bird can come back and sit on them again. That's a wonder of life to me; to hold a speckled egg in the palm of your hand, and think what a marvellous thing it's going to become, a bird that flies and feeds and takes its chance with the cats, and breeds its own young and dies back into the dust in the end. Why does anyone need those crazy Christian dreams of Heaven, wi' angels playin' their harps on fleecy clouds, when they can have a wood at sunset, when you can look down from a low branch and see young rabbits playing, or even young foxes tumbling over and over and squeaking when they nip each other with their sharp little teeth?”
Robert Westall, The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral

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