‘Eren caught my attention from the very first page. I really enjoyed it. Sure-footed, distinctive, strange, poetic. Simon P. Clark is a truly interesting new voice.' David Almond, author of Skellig
‘Tell the story to its end,’ says Eren with a grin. His yellow eyes are glowing like embers in the night.'
People are keeping secrets from Oli - about where his father is, and why he hasn't come to join them at his uncle's house in the country.
But Oli has secrets too.
He knows what lives in the attic. Eren - part monster, part dream, part myth. Eren who always seems so interested, who always wants to hear more about Oli's life. Eren, who needs to hear stories to live, and will take them from Oli, no matter the cost.
The Book Bag. 'Eren is a sophisticated look at truth and lies and the area inbetween inhabited by stories. On the other, it's a simple tale of a family in crisis. You're never quite sure what to believe and it never quite feels that the ground is steady beneath your feet. It takes skill to juggle all these balls and still involve the reader to such an extent they can't put your book down, but Clark carries it off with aplomb. This is storytelling at its best.'
David Almond, author of Skellig: ‘Eren caught my attention from the very first page. I really enjoyed it. Sure-footed, distinctive, strange, poetic. Simon P. Clark is a truly interesting new voice.'
We Love This Book (The Bookseller): 'A thrilling story with depth and character that leaves you with that ache you get only when you realise that there is no more of the story left to be told.' Book of the Week
The Sprout: 'Dark, moody and easy to get lost in, Eren is a great book that makes audiences really wonder about the power of a good story.'
Rebecca Davies, The Independent: 'This is an impressive debut from young author Simon P. Clark, who doesn't shy away from pushing his story to its darkest reaches. The ending will leave you shell-shocked.' Teen Book of the Month
The Clothesline (Australia): 'Eerie and idiosyncratic, Clark’s début novel ambitiously combines adolescent angst, familial agonies, a little half-explained time-travel, not-quite-child-friendly horrific detail and juicy unpackings of the whole notion of storytelling. And Eren himself/itself is, at times, quite terrifying.'
Peters Books & Furniture: 'Creepy and unsettling, this beautifully written debut worms its way inside your mind, lingering long after the final page. One for fans of David Almond.' Book of the Week
Readings (Australia): 'This is a compelling story about the origins of storytelling itself. dark, poetic and feels as ancient as stories themselves.[...] It’s for readers 10 and up who are interested in storytelling and not afraid of monsters.'
The Guardian: "[...] one of the most enjoyable middle grade books I've ever read."
The Little Crocodile: "I find it difficult to find fault with Eren, which so much reminded me of David Almond’s Skellig as well as Neil Gaiman’s writing style when I first started it, but which asserted its own presence quickly and enveloped me within its stories, always so many stories. ... I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. If you like stories, fantasy, fairy tales and secrets, then pick up Eren – you won’t be disappointed."
Aussie Reviews: "An elegant allegory. Eren is immediately engaging, a novel for a sophisticated reader happy to give a story time to infuse."