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Robert Westall (Estate)


Robert Westall made a sensational debut with THE MACHINE GUNNERS in 1975. It won the Carnegie Medal and Westall established an international reputation. His books have been translated into many languages and dramatised for television. He won The Smarties Prize, the Guardian Award and was twice awarded The Carnegie Medal. He died in l993.

In 2006 an exhibition devoted to Westall's work was on show at Seven Stories, the Centre for the Children's Book, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, close to where he was born and brought up. Published to coincide with the exhibition, the story of his childhood is told in his autobiographical writings THE MAKING OF ME.


Valancourt Books has published new editions of Westall's ghost stories ANTIQUE DUST and STONES OF MUNCASTER CATHEDRAL, both with introductions by Orrin Grey. Next Valancourt will publish a SPECTRAL SHADOWS, consisting of, which is a volume of the short stories Blackham's Wimpy, Yaxley's Cat and Wheatstone Pond.

"Westall was a writer of rare talent. We shall miss him but he has left us such a wonderful legacy."
Michael Morpurgo, THE GUARDIAN

Other titles by
Robert Westall include:

Older fiction:
Blitzcat
Falling into Glory
Ghost Abbey
The Scarecrows
Time of Fire
The Watch House
The Wind Eye
Yaxley's Cat

Younger fiction
The Christmas Cat
The Christmas Ghost
The Nightmare

Short Stories
Demons and Shadows
Shades of Darkness

visit Robert Westall's website
www.robertwestall.com