The Bombs That Brought Us Together, by Dublin-based author Brian Conaghan, has been named the 2016 Costa Children’s Book Award Winner.
The novel, which is Conaghan’s third – his debut The Boy Who Made it Rain was published in 2011, while his follow up, When Mr Dog Bites, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2015 – tells the story of 14-year-old Charlie and Pavel, two unlikely friends who live in a world of poverty and violence, and are drawn into a war on opposite sides.
Announcing the winners today, which also included Dublin-born Sebastian Barry who won the Costa Novel Award for Days Without End, the judges commented that The Bombs That Brought Us Together is “… timely yet also hilariously funny, Bombs is a necessary take on modern life in extraordinary circumstances.”
Brian Conaghan took a somewhat unusual route into the world of children’s publishing. Born and raised in Scotland, he left school at the age of 16 to take up an apprenticeship in painting and decorating with the local authority. After a number of years he decided to return to education and went on to gain a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. He spent a number of years acting, DJing and teaching English in secondary schools in Scotland, Italy and Ireland and only began to turn his hand to writing fiction in his early 30s.
Find out more about Brian and The Bombs That Brought Us Together in the video below.