"An amazingly gifted writer."
The Times Educational Supplement;
"One of the leading writers for teenagers of the decade."
Badger on the Barge and Other Stories by Janni
Three of the bestselling, most acclaimed fiction
titles of the past decade, reissued with stylish and attractive new covers.
Turned into a major feature film, Janni Howker's The Nature of the Beast is
an immensely powerful and gripping story about a community devastated by
unemployment and the fear of an unknown beast roaming the moors - and which
young Bill Coward is determined to track down. Isaac Campion is an equally
explosive tale, depicting the difficult, often bitter relationship between a
son and his horse-dealer father at the turn of the century. Badger on the
Barge contains five stories, each concerning the relationship between the
young and the old and full of memorable characters. Each of these books is a
These stories are all well written and have a depth
most short stories don't. All the characters are believable and so are the
events that happen to them. Badger on the Barge was my favourite, as it
involved a girl and an old woman making friends. Both of them needed a
friend, though the woman wouldn't admit it, and in the end their friendship
helps them both get on with their lives.