«[Melvin] Burgess - dubbed the writer "your parents don't want you to read" - has been a controversialist since he won the Carnegie Medal in 1997 for Junk. The indignation that broke around that tale of two 14-year-old heroin addicts set the tone for the rows that erupt every time he puts pen to paper.
Yesterday he would not be drawn in, other than to say, "Oo-er missus! Yes, I have been warned to open the paper with care over my breakfast eggy."»