Darren Charlton

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In a post-apocalyptic America, the surviving population have escaped to the National Parks…

The island homes of Wranglestone offer safe haven from the Dead, until winter comes, when nothing stops them from crossing the lake’s frozen waters…

When homebody Peter, puts the camp in danger, he must help rancher Cooper, the boy he’s always watched from afar, herd the Dead from their shores. But as love blossoms, a dark discovery reveals the sanctuary’s secret past. One that forces the pair to question everything they’ve ever known.

Praise
COSTA BOOK AWARDS
WRANGLESTONE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 COSTA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD
THE TIMES
Best Children’s Books of the Year 2020 Wranglestone
‘Sublime & Affecting…a standout work.’
9/10 STARBURST MAGAZINE

“I’m blown away. A sophisticated new voice in YA.”
THE TIMES

Gripping and poetic LGBT story of a
post apocalyptic America – played out in a National Park. This is an absolute must-read!’

WATERSTONES

Charlton’s fantastic debut is both a page turning zombie thriller and a beautifully drawn gay love story.’
THE i

‘Gripping, fun, smart take on Zombie lore is definitely one to pick up. ‘
THE IRISH TIMES

‘Fresh, chilling and totally immersive.’
THE INDEPENDENT IE

‘With a hugely clever, post-apocalyptic set up at its core, Chartlon has built a thrilling story; part adventure, part zombie-survival, part teen gay romance. Wranglestone really has it all and is sure to delight readers with its characters and story, whilst also promoting the normalcy of gay relationships, without the usual trials and anguish of so many LGBT stories.’
FOYLES

‘Those taking the position that it’s high time we left zombies in the past will be left disappointed when, in a few years’ time, Charlton’s novel is heralded as one that pushed the genre across unforeseen barriers, giving new life to a format that many thought had already had its day. Yes, Wranglestone is that good.
Charlton writes beautifully whenever Peter and Cooper are together. This is a book and a man who will do so much to help so many coming to terms with their own identity, whether that be sexuality or otherwise.’

FEMALE FIRST
Links
Iconic London bookshop, Foyles, Kindly asked me to write a blog for the release of Wranglestone in February 2020.
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I had the enormous pleasure of spending time with author, blogger and friend, George Lester, filming this interview mere weeks before COVID 19 struck. Here, I talk about WRANGLESTONE and the casual inclusion of LGBTQ characters in Children’s Literature.
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I was thrilled to talk to legendary science fiction and fantasy magazine, Starburst back in February.
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