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Bernard Beckett

Bernard Beckett is an award-winning author of children’s and young adult fiction with a knack for creating believable adolescent characters. His credible knowledge of teenage culture has grown out of his role as a high school teacher of drama, English, and maths.

His novels 'Malcolm and Juliet' (2004) and 'Genesis' (2007) both won Best in Young Adult Fiction at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. 'Genesis' was written while on a Royal Society NZ Science, Mathematics and Technology Fellowship in 2005 and made publishing history when UK publisher Quercus Books offered the largest advance ever for a young adult novel in New Zealand.

Beckett’s earlier works provided a “twisted new takes on the business of being a teenager” and included novels and plays. The collection '3 Plays: Puck, Plan 10 from Outer Space, The End of the World As We Know It' was publiched in 2003, and Malcolm and Juliet had its origins in a stage-play.

Following his Royal Society fellowship, Beckett’s growing interest in science lead to the publication of 'Falling For Science: Asking the Big Questions', his first non-fiction book.

In it Beckett questions to necessity for science to answer the big metaphysical questions and argues for a new model of scepticism, one which leaves scientists and story tellers to each get on with what they're best at.

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