Malorie Blackman was born on the 8th of February, 1962, in Clapham, London, with her five siblings to parents both from Barbados. She had always dreamed of becoming an English teacher because of her love for the subject but instead became a systems programmer.
However, despite her choice of career, it did not stop her from pursuing that love of literature in the form of her publishings. First publishing ‘Not So Stupid!’ In 1980, she went on to release over 50 works, from children’s materials to plays.
Her stance towards racism is clear in many of her works, such as ‘Noughts and Crosses’ and how she only wishes that everyone could somehow get along with one another and to also highlight that her black characters are no different to any white ones, sharing in similar adventures and lives. ‘Noughts and Crosses’ swaps the race situation around in order to highlight the obvious moral horrors.
Boys Don't Cry
Malorie Blackman explores the realities of teenage fatherhood. You nervously wait for the postman, as he’s bringing your A level results. University, a potential career as a journalist But when the doorbell rings it’s your ex girlfriend; and she’s carrying a baby. Your baby. You’re happy to look after it, just for an hour or two. But then she doesn’t come back – your future now suddenly looks very different. Malorie’s dramatic new novel will take you on a journey from tears to laughter and back again