Patrick Ness has won the Carnegie Prize for Monsters of Men, the final book of The Chaos Walking trilogy. Which is nutso amazing. I talk about the Knife of Never Letting Go here and how my irrational fear of the popular books almost put me off it. Good job it didn’t as it’s a blinder.
The entire trilogy is outstandingly good. It’s massively competent, a world created with fear and love and complex moral issues that make you read two thirds of the book and realise you have no idea who you want to ‘win’ because you can’t with any sense of veracity choose the morally right side to root for. It’s complicated, harrowing and a piece of just massive writing.
And oh gosh but it was a stonker of an acceptance speech: