King Crow

The cover of 'King Crow' by Michael Stewart.

Paul Cooper is an outsider. When he looks at people he wonders what bird they are. He finds making friends difficult especially when he has to move from school to school, so he obsesses about ornithology until he meets Ashley.

Ashley is everything that Cooper isn’t, he’s tough and good looking, with so much street cred he can divvy up some for Paul as well. When they get into trouble with a local gang they steal a car and head for the Lakes – Ashley because he thinks he may have killed somebody, and Cooper because he wants to see ravens. Their flight is hectic and intense, and in the middle of it all one of them meets a girl and the other feels pushed out. The three of them find refuge for a time in Helvellyn, but things are falling apart and soon their road trip makes national headlines… for all the wrong reasons.

KING CROW won the Guardian’s NOT THE BOOKER 2011.


‘A brilliant novel. One of the best debuts I have read in years.’ -- Award winning author David Peace

‘KING CROW is a fantastic example of modern fiction at its innovative best.’ -- Award winning author Melvin Burgess

Stewart is a poetic writer – about nature, about boys and casual violence – and good at capturing moments of beauty. King Crow's thriller elements can be hyperbolic, but its psychology is spot on. -- Isobel Montgomery, The Guardian

A beguiling mix of anomie and ornithology -- Sam Jordison, The Guardian

January 2011