The Memory Thieves – a phenomenal & cinematic mystery thriller with Darren Simpson 


Tuesday 10th August, 11am

Streamed live on both Kirklees Libraries YouTube channel and Facebook page

Meet Darren Simpson, writer of vivid, unruly fiction for older children.. Hear him read from his latest book, The Memory Thieves. Wonderfully vivid characters, and a gripping plot that beautifully extols the importance of dealing with those traumatic experiences we’d rather forget  

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About The Memory Thieves:

What you don’t remember can’t hurt you… Cyan has lived at the Elsewhere Sanctuary for as long as he can remember, freed by Dr Haven from dark memories of his past life. But when Cyan finds a mysterious warning carved into the bones of a whale skeleton, he starts to wonder what he had to forget to be so happy. New resident, Jonquil, begins to resist the sanctuary’s treatment, preferring to hold on to her memories – even the bad ones. So when Dr Haven resorts to harsher measures, Cyan embarks on a secret mission to discover the truth about the sanctuary…and himself. 

“Marvellously visual and gripping” – A. M. Howell


About Darren Simpson:

Darren Simpson writes vivid, unruly fiction for older children. His latest book is The Memory Thieves. His debut novel, Scavengers, was a Guardian Best Book of the Year, and was selected for the national Summer Reading Challenge and shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Book Award.

Darren lives in Nottingham, where he works with the Literacy Trust to promote reading for pleasure. He loves using otherworldly settings and unconventional characters to explore bravery, self-discovery, and the endless quirks that make up our real lives.

If you’d like to find out more, visit



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