Front cover of first edition
|Author||Frank Cottrell Boyce|
|Genre||Children's novel, comedy and screenwriting|
|6 February 2004|
|Media type||Print (hardback and paperback)|
|Pages||250 pp (first edition, UK)|
ISBN 978-0-06-073330-8 (US)
|LC Class||PZ7.C82963 Mi 2004|
Millions is a children's novel published early in 2004, the first book by British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. It is an adaptation of his screenplay for the film Millions, although it was released six months before the film (September). Set in England just before British adoption of the euro the story features two boys who must decide what to do with a windfall in expiring currency.
Cottrell Boyce won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians, recognising the year's best children's book published in the UK Millions was an integral part of the annual Liverpool Reads campaign in his 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 Cunningham are 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 used for doing good, but Anthony has different ideas. Meanwhile, the robbers are looking for their money... but will they eventually catch them?
Awards and nominations
- "Millions" (first US edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. 30 July 2012.
- (Carnegie Winner 2004). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- "Press releases for the 2004 Awards, presented in 2005 ". Press Desk. CILIP. 18 August 2012.
- Liverpool Reads ... Millions homepage.[dead link]
- Millions in libraries (WorldCat catalog) —immediately, the first US edition
- "In the Frame for Writing Millions" – an interview with Frank Cottrell Boyce[dead link]
- ITC Esprit Book, the font used in Millions – Fonts.com [clarification needed]
A Gathering Light
|Carnegie Medal recipient