Children's Laureate 2001-2003
Carnegie Medal 1989, 1992
Whitbread Award 1993, 1996
Guardian Fiction Award 1990
Nobody, not even his former wife Margaret, has ever treated Ian Laidlaw in a natural way. Presented with his hideous facial scars, everyone he meets reliably falls back on cast-iron, distant courtesy to hide pity or disgust or shock. But then Alicia Davie, a careless young student, breaks the rules totally by laughing in his face. Alicia goes on to infiltrate the hidden man, exposing the obsessive, destructive passions that lurk beneath his primly cordial manner, never realizing that she is playing with fire...
The Killjoy won the Scottish Arts Council Book Award for 1986, and was recommended for the David Higham Prize for Fiction.
"More discriminating and convincing than John Fowles' first novel, The Collector... Haunting"
Andrew Sinclair, The Times
"Definitely not one for the faint-hearted. It's compellingly written, sinister... and very, very fine"
"Powerfully done... reveals an accomplished and ambitious writer"
"A novel with an adder in the prose... observant and impressive"
"A wonderful and original piece of work - impeccable from beginning to end ... a horror story which rings absolutely true"
The Killjoy, a novel for adults by Anne Fine, was first published in 1986. It has been issued several times in paperback, most recently by Black Swan on 28th February 2011. order it now from Amazon or from any bookshop or library, quoting the ISBN 978-0-552-77764-3.