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  • Published: 27 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446454978
  • Imprint: RH AudioGo
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 10 hr 43 min
  • Narrators: Syan Blake, Paul Chequer
  • RRP: $21.99

Noughts & Crosses

Award-winning author Malorie Blackman tackles the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternate historical reality

Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought - a 'colourless' member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that's as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Crosses schools... Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts unable to accept the injustices any longer, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum - a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger...

  • Published: 27 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446454978
  • Imprint: RH AudioGo
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 10 hr 43 min
  • Narrators: Syan Blake, Paul Chequer
  • RRP: $21.99

About the author

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman has written over seventy books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and a science-fiction thriller, Chasing the Stars. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z’s entertainment company) curating the soundtrack as executive music producer. In 2005 Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books. In 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children’s Laureate. Most recently Malorie wrote for the Doctor Who series on BBC One, and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses series, Crossfire, was published by Penguin Random House Children’s in summer 2019.

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Praise for Noughts & Crosses

Blackman's absorbing but alarming novel deals with themes of racism and prejudice . . . Unforgettable


Stimulating and emotionally satisfying

Financial Times

A gritty read for older children . . . At times this is a beautiful love story; at other times it is a harrowing and moral tale...


Packs some powerful political punches...But Blackman never compromises the story, which is dramatic, moving and brave


Inter-racial teenage love has never been more painful

Amanda Craig, The Times

'A crisp, well-constructed read... constantly instructive. It would make a wonderful television series.  Let's hope somebody has the courage to make it'

Daily Telegraph

'This incredibly powerful story snaps hold of the reader's mind and doesn't let go. Magnificent.'  

Waterstones Books Quarterly

'Startling and provocative - guaranteed to help young readers see events in a different way from the cultural and historical norm with which they have grown up...   Blackman is known for her tightly plotted, fast moving fiction...  with its powerful theme of racial injustice, Noughts & Crosses engages the reader at a greater depth and in a more demanding way than any of Blackman's previous work. I read it in one sitting, reluctant to put it down, and so, I'm sure, will many young readers'

Books For Keeps

'A book which will linger in the mind long after it has been read and which will challenge children to think again and again about the cliches and stereotypes with which they are presented.... a novel that will challenge and engage people from l3 up'


"A stimulating and provocative plot line that often leaves the reader chilled to the bone... Noughts and Crosses is written with the passion of an author who has a personal, chilling vision of the past, present and future.  Blackman cuts to the bone, turning the preconceived ideas of racial prejudice upside down, ensuring tht her point is well and truly made in a deeply disturbing and totally absorbing novel with a shocking climax that packs an unforgettable punch."

Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk

'A gritty read for older children...  A times this is a beautiful love story; at other times it is a harrowing and moral tale.  Narrating believably through the voices of two teenagers, Malorie Blackman has written an incredible novel that is as heart-rending as it is provocative.  I had to read it all in one sitting, and I challenge any reader not to do the same'

Nic Knight, Bookseller

'Juggles a flawlessly paced thriller involving terrorist kidnapping and the Romeo and Juliet romance between a politician's daughter (a 'Cross') and a poor white boy (a 'Nought')'

The Times

'...a bruising tome and her most ambitious novel to date.  An author who has worked hard not to be identified too closely with any particular genre, she has built a complex and challenging novel around an alternative version of apartheid.'   

Lindsey Fraser, The Scotsman

'A sad, bleak, brutal novel that promotes empathy and understanding of the history of civil rights as it inverts truths about racial injustice. It shows the destructive and dehumanising effect of constant denigration and abuse, and the desperation it gives rise to.  It demonstrates, too, that in a divided society, both sides are guilty of perpetuating hatred and hurting each other. But this is also a novel about love, and inspires the reader to wish for a world that is not divided by colour or class'

The Sunday Times

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