Quotes by Nicky Singer

"Nothing. Absolutely nothing. No furniture, no light fittings, no carpet, no bodies. Not a single body. Nothing but the million ducks, the three million ducklings and a window."

"But I'm not saying anything because I've just noticed the brick. Or rather the lack of brick. Of course, some of the dark shapes on the floor probably are bricks, but they don't look like my brick. The one that can be up against the door. But isn't."

"Maybe if one person suffers anywhere in the world, we all have blood in our hands."

"You can change things by looking," Papa said.

He showed me this with a coin.

"Look at it this way," Papa said, showing me the round, flat side of the coin, the one with the king's head on. "Easy to see immediately what this thing is. It's a coin! No doubt about it. But look at it this way," and he moved the coin end-on, so it seemed a thin strip of grooved silver. "Not so easy now, is it? Remember, Mhairi, things don't always come with labels on."


Books by Nicky Singer

  • Feather Boy
  • 1,015 ratings
  • May 1st 2004 by Collins

    (first published 2002)

  • Under Shifting Glass
  • 327 ratings
  • February 19th 2013 by Chronicle Books

    (first published February 19th 2012)

  • Island
  • 220 ratings
  • October 12th 2015 by Caboodle Books Ltd
  • Gem X
  • 149 ratings
  • April 1st 2008 by Holiday House
  • Doll
  • 130 ratings
  • March 3rd 2003 by Collins

    (first published 2003)

Nicky Singer
  • Nicky Singer

  • Description: Nicky has written four novels for adults, two books of non-fiction but most of her recent work is for young people. Her first children’s novel Feather Boy won the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award, was adapted for TV (winning a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama) and then commissioned by the National Theatre as a musical with lyrics by Don Black and music by Debbie Wiseman. In 2010 Nicky was asked by Glyndebourne to adapt her novel Knight Crew (a re-telling of the King Arthur legend set in contemporary gangland) for an opera with music by Julian Philips. In 2012 her play Island (about ice-bears and the nature of reality) premiered at the National Theatre and toured 40 London schools. She also published The Flask that year. A story about songs and souls and things which live in bottles, The Guardian called The Flask ‘a nourishing and uplifting story, with big themes and a big heart’. Nicky has recently re-written Island as a novel with illustrations by Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.