- Millions (novel)
First edition cover
Author(s) Frank Cottrell Boyce Country United Kingdom Language English Genre(s) Children's novel Publisher Macmillan (UK version), HarperCollins (US version) Publication date February 6, 2004 Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback) Pages 247 ISBN ISBN 0-06-073330-6 OCLC Number 54536978 LC Classification PZ7.C82963 Mi 2004
Millions is a children's novel by Frank Cottrell Boyce, published in 2004. It was originally written solely as a screenplay for the film Millions, but screenwriter Cottrell Boyce decided to adapt it into a novel while the film was in the process of being made. It was his first novel. The book was awarded the Carnegie Medal for 2004, and formed an integral part of the annual Liverpool Reads campaign in Cottrell Boyce's home city.
The novel is set in Widnes, England, in the near future, just as the euro is about to replace the pound sterling. Damian and Anthony are two brothers who have recently suffered the loss of their mother. Because of this tragedy, Damian becomes obsessed with saints and eventually hallucinates about them. When brothers Damian and Anthony unwittingly come into possession of the proceeds of a train robbery, they find themselves with millions of pounds to spend in the next 17 days. Damian believes the money comes from God and should be spent to do good, but Anthony has different ideas. Meanwhile, the robbers are looking for their money. . .
Awards and nominations
- "In the Frame for Writing Millions" - an interview with Frank Cottrell Boyce
- ITC Esprit Book, the font used in Millions – Fonts.com
Awards Preceded by
A Gathering Light
Carnegie Medal recipient
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