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Mondays are Red

Mondays are Red Nicola Morgan

Mondays are Red is back as an ebook edition with extra material!

Click here for the video trailer – made by my daughter, Rebecca.

A video of me answering questions from St Laurence School.

You can buy it directly from my website (and all the money goes to me if you do!) or on Amazon or wherever you usually buy ebooks. I sell it for £2.60 on my website, and you get all three file formats so you can read on any devices, including computers, tablets, Kindles (etc), ipads and smartphones.

This was my first YA/teenage novel, first published in 2002, and the reaction was lovely and a huge relief for a brand-new writer. I still get a lot of emails and letters from readers of all ages, telling me what the book meant to them. A film producer said, “An astonishing novel, which I read in one sitting stretching deep into one night. It is beautifully observed and ingeniously plotted….” Paul Augarde, Augarde Screen Productions

And the Bookseller magazine said, “A brilliant adaptation of the Faustian legend. Nicola Morgan is a fresh and original voice ….”

The new edition has extra material at the end:

  • creative writing work by school pupils from St Laurence School, Wiltshire – click here to watch the video in which I answer their questions
  • a piece about how I got the idea
  • a piece about what I’ve achanged and why – writing fashions and my own preferences have changed
  • information about synaesthesia

Here is how this strange book begins: “Mondays are red. Sadness has an empty blue smell. And music can taste of anything from banana purée to bat’s pee. That’s what I need to explain, starting with the day it all began, the day I woke up in a hospital bed with a kaleidoscope in my head. I discovered later that I had almost died from meningitis but I remember nothing about that bit. My first memory is the dizzy waking up part and my soggy muddled head. My second memory is how, bit by bit, I began to realise how much my world had changed.”

Luke finds that his world has changed in three ways, as he wakes from a coma after meningitis. First, he has synaesthesia. Second, he has a weakness in his leg, disastrous for someone who was such a brilliant runner. And third, he discovers that synaesthesia gives him endless power. Even the power to fly. Guiding Luke through his new world is Dreeg, who dwells entirely in Luke’s brain. Dreeg’s appearance changes as Luke’s feelings about him move between fascination and horror. Luke soon discovers that power has devastating costs – will he be tempted to sell his soul to pay for the power to fly, to create anything he wants, to punish his sister for .. but no, you need to read the book to discover the reasons for the problems between Luke and his sister. And who is the mysterious deaf girl, Seraphina, with biscuit skin and hair as long as the sound of honey?

The book is really about temptation and power. Luke becomes corrupted by power and the only way he can save the people he loves, and his own soul, is to give up his power – if it’s not too late. It’s also about guilt and how to pay for something you have done wrong. Finally, it is about the power of language.

Selected links from my blog tour that might be of interest to young readers and writers. (Because these link to other blogs, I can’t take responsibility for other content, though as far as I know there’s nothing to worry about:

MAIN REVIEWS

Bookwitch did a lovely review here.

The Bookseller: “This first novel will gain attention because of the striking style. A young boy recovering in hospital from meningitis is affected by a neurological condition that gives him acute sensitivity to sounds and colours. The kaleidoscope in his head produces a dazzling succession of images across the page. … This is a brilliant adaptation of the Faustian legend. Luke’s words produce an almost physical response – when he talks about Tuesday being like apricot, you can taste the fruit and the temptation. … Nicola Morgan is a fresh and original voice for this age group and a strong jacket should ensure the book gets the attention it deserves.”

The Guardian: “An outstanding novel that rewards rereading.”

The Sunday Herald: “This is a stunning, extraordinary debut.”

The Scotsman: “…extremely impressive debut.”

The Sunday Telegraph: “…oddly brilliant.”

The Observer: among the “Best 0f 2002″.

The Independent, Nicholas Tucker: “… a novel to brood over, written by a new and original talent.”

Books magazine: “A chilling modern take on the Faust story by a stunning new literary talent. … A really unusual children’s book.”

Teenagers’ Reviews

Kereny R: “Everyone should read this right now! This is one of the best books I have ever read. It’s full of imagery, fantasy, colours. My favourite character is without a doubt Seraphina, a sweet girl with a cinnamon cake smell.”

Bryony L, Scotland: “Mondays are Red is an extraordinary and enthralling book. It’s an imaginative and unusual story, giving suspense and getting better with every page you turn.”

Brooke, 14, California, USA: “Mondays Are Red is an absolutely amazing read. It sweeps you off your feet and takes you away into a world of logic as well as imagination and good as well as evil. If you enjoy reading anything that will challenge your mid a bit and make you think, Mondays Are Red is definitely for you.”

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