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The Bunker Diary’ is about the fictional diary of a kidnapped boy held hostage in a bunker. Kevin Brooks struggled for 10 years to get his book for teenagers published – it kept being rejected for its lack of hope.
Here’s what he has to say about writing and winning the award.
“There is a school of thought that no matter how dark or difficult a novel is, it should contain at least an element of hope. As readers, children – and teens in particular – don't need to be cossetted with artificial hope that there will always be a happy ending. They want to be immersed in all aspects of life, not just the easy stuff. They're not babies, they don't need to be told not to worry, that everything will be all right in the end, because they're perfectly aware that in real life things aren't always all right in the end. To be patronising, condescending towards the reader is, to me, the worst thing a young adult fiction author can do.”
“The history of The Bunker Diary makes this win particularly special. I knew I could have got the book published years ago if I'd rewritten it – toned it down, changed the ending, explained a lot of unexplained things – but to me that would have meant writing a different book, a book that I didn't want to write."