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Moira Young

About The Author


Moira Young, copyright Benjamin HarteMoira Young (photo © Benjamin Harte) was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. She showed an early desire to be a writer, completing her first book aged nine, although she was to put this aside for the theatre until she enrolled on a course for children's writers in 2003.

After earning a history degree from the University of British Columbia, she moved to Britain to attend The Drama Studio. She earned her Equity Card with alternative comedy troupe Fancy Goods and playing the role of a tap-dancing chorus girl in Richard Eyre's production of High Society, before returning to Vancouver to retrain as an opera singer. She later performed solo concerts at St Martin's-in-the-Fields and the National Portrait Gallery.

Rebel Heart by Moira YoungShe published her first book in 2011. Blood Red Road is the first in the Dustlands trilogy. Set in a lawless future, it sees Saba trying to track down her brother, who has been kidnapped by mysterious, black-robed riders who also killed her father. To aid her quest, she is accompanied by cleverest bird that ever flew and a handsome thief called Jack. The book won the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award and film rights have been sold to Ridley Scott.

Rebel Heart is the newly published second book in the Dustlands trilogy. Jack has vanished, leaving Saba to face a terrifying new threat, as well as coming to terms with her own dark secret.

To mark publication of the new book, Moira has compiled a list of her top ten books exclusively for Foyles, from C S Lewis to Jane Austen, the King James Bible to Lee Child's Jack Reacher thrillers.

To promote Rebel Heart, Moira is going on a Blog Tour, writing for a different young adult blogger every day. For Foyles, she's written about how younger readers can learn through fiction that dividing the world into 'goodies' and 'baddies' isn't always possible. Click here to read it.

Follow Moira on Twitter: @Moira_Young

 

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The Wind in the Willows
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Kenneth Grahame; E. H. Shepard
 
This is the first book I can remember. I was four, maybe five. By the light of my bedside lamp, my father read to me from the worn clothbound copy he’d had from childhood. This was the beginning of my lifelong love of books and story. Thanks, dad.
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The Secret Garden
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Frances Hodgson Burnett
 
The story of Mary Lennox, the unloved, unloveable orphan warmed to life along with her secret garden, gave me one of my first female heroes. They should try moving her from the kiss-of-death Children’s Classics shelf, let her slug it out with the newcomers and see what happens.
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Jane Eyre
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Charlotte Bronte
 
Jane Eyre has been with me from the age of 13. Hers is a passionate, deeply satisfying story, with universal themes and rich layers that I find ever more meaningful as I get older
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Great Expectations
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Charles Dickens
 
This is the Dickens I return to more than any other. Pip’s journey to maturity – the misunderstandings, betrayals, misplaced pride, friendships, heartbreaks and hubris – always makes my heart ache with fellow feeling.
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Persuasion
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Jane Austen
 
Her last published work, this story of lost love, the importance of being true to yourself and second chances is my favourite Austen. It’s wise and elegant, movingly elegaic.
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The Bible: Authorized King James Version
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Robert Carroll; Stephen Prickett
 
I figure that I (faithless grandchild of a Methodist preacher) should be familiar with the foundation myths which inform our society so fundamentally. The language is epic, magnificent.
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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning...
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Bruno Bettelheim
 
If you have young children and think that fairy tales have nothing to teach them in today’s world, read this. Read it even if you don’t have kids. It’s about the vital importance of stories in all of our lives.
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Tripwire
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Lee Child
 
For high-octane reading pleasure, you can’t beat a Jack Reacher book. It’s impossible to choose just one, but Tripwire puts the squeeze on from the first page and slowly tightens until you can’t breathe. Philip Pullman and Antonia Fraser are fans too.
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Available Titles By This Author

Blood Red Road
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Moira Young
 
 
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Rebel Heart
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Moira Young
 
 
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Past Events for this Author

Latest Blog
#FoylesFive: Graphic Novel Gifts
01/12/2016

Matt from our web team shares his great graphic novel gifts, that will make someone's Christmas extra special.

#FoylesFive: Stocking Fillers
28/11/2016

Jay from our Birmingham branch fills us with Christmas cheer, and is on hand to help fill your Christmas stockings with gorgeous books.

#FoylesFave: Jim Henson's Labyrinth Tales by Cory Godbey
25/11/2016

If, like Andi, Labyrinth is one of your favourite films, you won't want to miss this gorgeous book.

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