The true tale of the monster Billy Dean is described as Almond’s first foray into adult fiction – but there are some students who would find the tale fascinating, if a little difficult to engage with at first.
Billy Dean narrates the story of his unusual life. He writes it phonetically – and this makes for challenging reading at time!
Kept locked away for the first 13 years of his life, Billy’s only contact has been with his mother and occasionally with his father, who always visits at night. When he finally does emerge, he finds himself surrounded by death and despair in the bombed out town of Blinkbonny. Very few young people still live in the town. His mother’s closest confidante sees Billy as a way of making contact with her daughter, who died the day he was born.
Seen by some as an angel, he does appear to have a spiritual calling – and disciples begin to gather around him. This new life becomes all too overwhelming for a boy who has barely seen the light of day – with disastrous results.
Not an easy read – but definitely an interesting one…..
You can listen to what the author, David Almond, says about his work here ……