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Brian Conaghan - Author

About the Author

Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. For many years Brian worked as a teacher and taught in Scotland, Italy and Ireland. His novels include The Boy Who Made it Rain, When Mr Dog Bites, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, and The Bombs That Brought Us Together, published in 2016, winning the 2016 Costa Children's Book Award.

Books by Brian Conaghan

When Mr Dog Bites

When Mr Dog Bites

Key Stage 4

Author: Brian Conaghan Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Dylan Mint has Tourette's. His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in - the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed. But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mum, Dylan discovers that he's going to die in March. So he makes a list of things he must do before he dies: first, he wants to have real sex with gorgeous Michelle Malloy; second, he's got to find his autistic best friend Amir a new best bud; third, he's got to get his dad back home from the army so they can say goodbye properly. It's not a long list, but it's ambitious, and he doesn't have much time. Sometimes you've just got to go for it - no holding back - and see what happens...

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The M Word

The M Word

Author: Brian Conaghan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Moya. The M Word. Whisper it. Conceal it. But please, never mention it ... Maggie Yates talks to her best mate Moya every day. She tells her about Maggie's mum losing her job. She tells her that Mum's taken to not opening the curtains and crying in secret. And she tells her about how she plans to cheer Mum up - find her a fella with a bit of cash to splash. Moya is with her every step of the way. You're surfing a rainbow if you think someone like that exists round here, she smiles. But I'll help. But at the back of her mind Maggie knows that Mum's crying is more than sadness. That there are no easy fixes. And that Moya's not really there. Because though she talks to her every day, Moya died months ago ... An unforgettable novel about grief and healing from Costa and Irish Book Award-winner Brian Conaghan.

The M Word

The M Word

Author: Brian Conaghan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Moya. The M Word. Whisper it. Conceal it. But, please, never mention it ... Maggie Yates tells her best mate Moya everything. She tells her about Mum losing her job - how Mum's taken to crying in secret. She even tells her about her foolproof plan to cheer Mum up: find her a fella with cash to splash. Moya's with her every step of the way. I'll help, she smiles. Though you're surfing a rainbow if you think someone like that exists round here. But at the back of her mind Maggie knows that Mum's crying is more than sadness. That there are no easy fixes. And that she shouldn't be speaking to Moya any more. Because Moya died months ago. An unforgettable novel about grief and healing from Costa Children's and Irish Book Award-winner Brian Conaghan

When Mr. Dog Bites

When Mr. Dog Bites

Author: Brian Conaghan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2016

When Mr Dog Bites

When Mr Dog Bites

Author: Brian Conaghan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Dylan Mint has Tourette's. His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in - the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed. But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mum, Dylan discovers that he's going to die in March. So he makes a list of things he must do before he dies: first, he wants to have real sex with gorgeous Michelle Malloy; second, he's got to find his autistic best friend Amir a new best bud; third, he's got to get his dad back home from the army so they can say goodbye properly. It's not a long list, but it's ambitious, and he doesn't have much time. Sometimes you've just got to go for it - no holding back - and see what happens . . . This is the launch of a major new writing talent. Brian Conaghan makes you travel every step of the way in Dylan's shoes, laughing and crying - often at the same time - as Dylan faces the twists and turns of an unfair world with glorious optimism and wit. Shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2015.

When Mr Dog Bites

When Mr Dog Bites

Author: Brian Conaghan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015 Hilariously touching and outrageously unforgettable: Mark Haddon's Christopher Boone meets Holden Caulfield on one *#@! of a journey. . . Dylan Mint has Tourette's. Being sixteen is hard enough, but Dylan's life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in - the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed... But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mother, Dylan discovers that he's going to die next March. So he grants himself three parting wishes or 'Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It'. But as Dylan sets out to make his wishes come true, he discovers that nothing - and no-one - is quite as he had previously supposed.

Jetzt spricht Dylan Mint und Mr Dog halt die Klappe

Jetzt spricht Dylan Mint und Mr Dog halt die Klappe

Author: Brian Conaghan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

Das Leben ist echt nicht fair. Schon gar nicht, wenn man wie Dylan Mint an Tourette leidet und nur noch 6 Monate zu leben hat. Und das mit 16! Mr Dog nennt er seine Krankheit, und dieser bellende, fluchende Hund lasst sich nicht kontrollieren. Das ist aber noch nicht alles: Sein bester Kumpel Amir ist Pakistani, und sobald ihn jemand Stinkendes Curry nennt, dreht Mr Dog total durch. Rassismus geht gar nicht. Auerdem vermisst Dylan seinen Vater, der Soldat in Afghanistan ist. Und nicht zu vergessen sexy Michelle Malloy, die auch ohne Tourette exzellent fluchen kann. Drei Dinge nimmt Dylan sich vor, bevor es zu spat ist: mit Michelle Malloy schlafen, seinen Vater nach Hause holen und Amir einen neuen besten Kumpel besorgen. Nicht einfach, aber Dylan lasst nicht locker. Bis er feststellt: Nichts und niemand ist so, wie er vermutet hat. Das Leben ist echt - voll der Bringer.

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