Similar authors to follow
See more recommendations
About Richard Kurti
My life is spent trying to answer this question.
Because I learnt to write by working on screenplays, I've always been fascinated by structure, genre and the ways in which stories hold our attention. If films and TV dramas are going to work, it's vital that they get the mechanics of storytelling right.
Over the last decade I've worked on a huge range of screen and radio projects, from period thrillers to classic adaptations to low budget horror movies. Along the way I've written dialogue for Robin Hood, Isaac Newton, Captain Nemo, King George V, Queen Elizabeth II, Shere Khan, Robinson Crusoe, ghosts, werewolves and drug lords.
When I ventured into novel writing, I tried to bring all the lessons of screenwriting I'd learnt with me.
I hope that when you read Monkey Wars and Maladapted, you get completely caught up in the worlds and the characters. Both are stories designed to grab you from page one!
Did I succeed?
Let me know what you think with a quick Tweet... @Richard_Kurti
For pictures, blogs, reviews and news - www.monkeywars.co.uk
Customers Also Bought Items By
“Strikingly original” is how Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series, describes Monkey Wars.
“Kurti draws from history to deliver a powerful allegory . . . [and] keeps this effective, memorable tale rooted in reality.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Sustain the weak. Destroy the strong. A dark fable in the vein of Animal Farm, Watership Down, and The Wave, this action-packed page-turner is told entirely from the monkeys’ points of view and shines a light on the politics of power, the rise of tyrants, and the personal dilemmas that must be faced when your life is on the line.
When rhesus monkeys are brutally massacred on the dusty streets of Kolkata by a troop of power-hungry langur monkeys, Mico, a privileged langur, becomes entangled in the secrets at the heart of his troop’s leadership and is shocked at what he discovers. He feels compelled to help the few surviving rhesus, especially Papina, a young female he befriends, even though doing so goes against everything he’s been taught. As more blood is spilled, Mico realizes that choosing between right and wrong won’t be easy. Includes a note from the author, as well as interesting monkey species facts.
Additional praise for MONKEY WARS
“The allure of power—even for the most conscientious—is portrayed with frightening effectiveness. Powerful.”—Kirkus Reviews
“An imaginative fable about the nature of power and the responsibility of the individual. With plenty of action . . . a fascinating epilogue . . . [and] striking cover art.” —Booklist
“Following in the tradition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, war and politics shape the lives of several monkey troops. An interesting premise that will provide readers with an introduction to fascism and political corruption.” —School Library Journal