Darren simpson
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DARREN SIMPSON lives in Nottingham with his wife and two young sons. He’s had short stories appear in numerous publications, and provided the text for The Dust on the Moth, a crowdfunded multimedia project published by the Bees Make Honey Creative Community in Nottingham. Scavengers will be his first published novel, but he has more material and ideas for both adult and younger readers.


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A major new talent on the Middle Grade literature scene.

What happens when you break the rules?


Landfill is a boy raised with animals behind the walls of Hinterland – an industrial landscape succumbing to weeds and wild flowers. His guardian, a tormented scavenger called Babagoo, protects him from the horrors of Outside. As Landfill gets older obedience falls prey to curiosity, and he begins to question the Outside that fills Babagoo with such terror and loathing. Will this coming of age reveal hidden truths and make sense of Landfill’s longing? Or will it destroy everything that’s been built to protect him? Scavengersis a striking allegory for our times; a novel exploring fear, innocence, and the fine line between love and oppression. The novel has elements of The Jungle Book, Lord of the Flies and The Wasp Factory. There is humour, warmth, tension, drama and playful use of language, and the complex relationship between Landfill and Babagoo – along with the world in which they live – is beautifully depicted.


Some rules are meant to be broken.


'A book unlike any other - I was totally unprepared for the twists!' Alex Wheatle


Scavengers has also been selected for the national 2019 Summer Reading Challenge


‘The very best fiction involves creating believable alternative worlds. Darren Simpson does just that in Scavengers, his extraordinary first outing for young readers. The scavengers’ universe is made up of just two: young Landfill and old Bagaboo, who hide from an ill-defined enemy in an Eden Bagaboo has created out of detritus. Loving, but strict, Bagaboo has his own dialect and rules: chiefly, hide and obey. Landfill, though, makes a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries that seed doubt and rebellion, and the reader’s suspicions as to what is really happening gradually crystallise with a mixture of fascination and alarm. It’s a hugely compassionate, sophisticated novel, about inclusion and exclusion, and who – or what – is really crazy.’ Guardian/Observer


Usborne Publishing World English, publication early March 2019

Material: Finished copies (322pp)