Malorie Blackman author image

Join legendary author Malorie Blackman as she introduces us to her long-awaited new novel Crossfire, the latest title in her ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series.

Malorie will talk about Crossfire, taking place thirty-four years after Sephy Hadley – a Cross – first met Callum McGregor – a nought. She will also discuss the TV adaptation of Noughts & Crosses.

Come along to hear more from an author whose stories have survived and impacted generations, and shed necessary light on the social injustices present in the world. Discover the next chapter, and what happens when someone gets caught in the crossfire.

‘The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be’  Stormzy

'The most original book I've ever read' Benjamin Zephaniah
 

  • Crossfire

    Noughts and Crosses

  • 'The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be' STORMZY

    'I grew up reading her. It was one of the few books about black people, so I felt seen.' CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS

    'The most original book I've ever read' BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

    'Malorie Blackman is absolutely amazing ... [Noughts & Crosses] really spoke to me, especially as a woman of dual heritage.' ZAWE ASHTON

    'Crossfire is searing, political and furious. Malorie's world building is sublime and the way the Noughts & Crosses series holds a mirror up to society is unrivalled' JUNO DAWSON
    _____

    Years have passed since the love between Sephy - a Cross - and Callum - a Nought - destroyed their world and changed their families and society forever.

    Society appears to be very different now. For the first time ever, a Nought Prime Minister - Tobey Durbridge - is in power. Race and class don't divide people anymore. But things are never really that easy.

    Because Tobey's just been framed for murder, and the only way to free himself is to turn to his oldest friend - Callie-Rose.

    Their families divisions run deep, and when two young people are kidnapped, their lives and everything they've fought for are put in the firing line.

    And when you're playing a game as dangerous as this one, it won't be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire...

    Crossfire is the long-awaited new novel in legendary author Malorie Blackman's ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series.

    'Rich in moral and social issues, it is devastating about racial attitudes' THE SUNDAY TIMES, CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK

    'It chillingly echoes the tempestuous taste of the world today while offering the intensity of a thriller' I NEWSPAPER

  • Buy the book
  • Noughts & Crosses

    Noughts and Crosses

  • ** SOON TO BE A MAJOR NEW BBC TV SERIES **

    'The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be' - Stormzy

    'Stop it! You're all behaving like animals! Worse than animals - like blankers!'

    Sephy is a Cross: dark-skinned and beautiful, she lives a life of privilege and power. But she's lonely, and burns with injustice at the world she sees around her.

    Callum is a nought: pale-skinned and poor, he's considered to be less than nothing - a blanker, there to serve Crosses - but he dreams of a better life.

    They've been friends since they were children, and they both know that's as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies - love is out of the question.

    Then - in spite of a world that is fiercely against them - these star-crossed lovers choose each other.

    But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.

    Voted as one of the UK's best-loved books, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic.

    'Unforgettable' Guardian

    'The most original book I've ever read' Benjamin Zephaniah

  • Buy the book

More events