Date of Birth:
March 30, 1959
Place of Birth:
Exeter, Devon, England
B.A. in Cultural Studies, Aston University, 1983
White Raven, Branford Boase, and Sheffield Children's Book Awards
|Discover Great New Writers|
Our Editors on their choice of Brooks's second novel as the first-ever Teen Discover selection: "Lucas is filled with the kind of pain, love, and anguish that teenage readers adore.... Why not start your own parent/teen book club with Lucas? Neither of you will be disappointed."
Read an excerpt
|In our exclusive interview with Brooks, we asked him about his writing habits. "I don't really have any rituals," he admits. "My desk is quite small and empty -- just a computer, printer, desk-lamp, and a skull. But I have loads of shelves packed with books and toys and stupid little animals, and I like to surround myself with my special things, such as guitars and paintings and cowboy hats and plastic hyenas."|
|An Author's Inspiration||Brooks's Reading Recommendations|
|Catcher in the Rye|
J. D. Salinger
Brooks tells us that Salinger's classic account of teen angst had a major impact: "I read this when I was about 14," he recalls, "and it was the first time I'd read a book that felt as if it was written for me, and me alone. It's so real and alive, and so intimate, that reading it was like finding a friend."
|To Kill a Mockingbird|
We asked Brooks to tell us about some of his all-time favorite books. He put Harper Lee's coming-of age-classic at the top of his list; read on to learn more about Brooks's summer reading recommendations, including: