“Count” with Melvin Burgess 


Date 11am Tuesday 25th January

Streamed live on Kirklees Libraries YouTube channel Twitter and Facebook pages.

A surreal, anarchic story that explores modern attitudes towards fame, fortune and education. One of the best writers in contemporary children’s literature.

Age 7+

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Illustrated by the wonderful Chris Mould, Count is about a boy who boasts that he can count up to ten million. No one believes him – he doesn’t even believe it himself. But once he starts, he falls in love with the numbers and they fall in love with him …. and you just never an tell what numbers are going to do next.


Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell’s animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories – “it was about the first time I’d ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped.”  He started writing in his twenties and wrote on and off for the next fifteen years before The Cry of the Wolf was published in 1990.  In 1997 his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children’s literature. Count is his first book for younger readers

Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner.


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