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Fifth Noughts & Crosses novel from Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses sequence of novels continues – Crossfire will be published in 2019 by Penguin Random House Children’s. The book is set several years after the end of the fourth book, Double Cross, and includes Sephy and her now-adult daughter Callie-Rose, as well as new teenage protagonists.

Malorie has said: “The previous books in the Noughts and Crosses series were inspired by and written in reply to contemporary events. Crossfire is no different. Inspired by Brexit, Trump and the rise of the far-right in Europe, I wanted to write a book that turned the spotlight on not just elections and politics but the pursuit of power. At the heart of Crossfire however are the relationships between Tobey and Callie-Rose as teens and adults, as well as the relationship between two new characters, Libby and Troy, who represent the third generation of protagonists within the Noughts & Crosses series. I’m thrilled to be revisiting the Noughts and Crosses world again. Writing about familiar characters as well as introducing new ones has been the focus and highlight of this last year for me.”

Noughts & Crosses was first published in 2001. The series has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the UK and in export and has previously been adapted for a highly acclaimed stage show by the RSC, is being adapted afresh for the stage by Pilot Theatre for a 2019 UK tour and Mammoth are producing a BBC adaptation which is due to air in 2019.

For The Bookseller’s article on this, click here.

For our original announcements about the TV series, click here, and Pilot’s tour, click here.