The Survival Game
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Nicky Singer was born in Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire. She has four sisters and a brother and it was through reading stories to her siblings that her love for stories and writing came about.
Her first break came when she won a writing competition at the age of six (she won a chocolate bar).
Nicky has written four novels for adults, two books of non-fiction but most of her recent work is for young people. In 2012 her play Island (about ice-bears and the nature of reality) premiered at the National Theatre and toured 40 London schools. She subsequently re-wrote Island as a novel with illustrations by former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.
Mhairi Anne Bain owns only two things: a gun with no bullets and her identity papers. The world is a shell of what it once was. Now, you must prove yourself worthy of existence at every turn, at every border checkpoint. And if you are going to survive, your instincts will become your most valuable weapon. Mhairi has learnt the importance of living her own story, of speaking to no one. But then she meets a young boy with no voice at all, and finds herself risking everything to take him to safety. And so Mhairi and the silent boy travel the road north. But there are rumours that things in Scotland have changed since she has been away. What Mhairi finds there is shocking and heart-breaking, but might finally re-connect her to her sense of self and to the possibility of love.
Nicky's book Feather Boy, written in 2002, won the Blue Peter Book Award, and the book was turned into a BBC series and later turned into a musical.
Nicky has 3 children – Roland, Edmund and Milo – and lives in Brighton.
The Survival Game was published by Hodder in July 2018.
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