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Photo : Louis Berk
Photo : Louis Berk

 

I write novels, short stories, poetry and song lyrics for children, teens and adults.

 

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, Firefly Press, June 2018; my new Y.A. novel.

Josie and Tasha, both fifteen, are near-neighbours. But when their families let them down, they find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for survival.

Josie is the daughter of an obsessive-compulsive hoarder whose house is no longer safe. Tasha, though materially cared for, feels threatened by her mother's new boyfriend, who her mother chooses over her daughter. They are girls on the margins of adulthood, who find themselves also on the margins of society.

"We stare at each other and in that moment everything between us changes. Tasha with the mum who doesn't protect her and me with the mum in prison, neither of us with a proper home."

Behind Closed Doors explores what teenagers are up against when there is no security at home.

 

This novel moves at a breathless pace showing the two girls coping in impossible circumstances. Each of them have secrets and are struggling to keep up a public face. Miriam Halahmy successfully uses a light touch with this dark material. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Author, Anne Cassidy.

 

A gritty, moving and seldom told story about life for vulnerable young adults on the brink of homelessness seeking comfort and friendship in each other.

 

HIDDEN, May 2018, Troika Books.

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal

Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week

Shortlisted :

Portsmouth Book Award

Essex Book Award

Nominated  :

Southern Schools Award

Hampshire Book Award

Alix lives near the beach on Hayling Island. It is a quiet backwater, far removed from world events. One cold day in winter while they are walking on the beach,Alix and her school mate Samir pull a drowning man out of the freezing sea. He is an illegal immigrant, desperate not to be found and deported. Faced with the most difficult decision of their lives, what will Alix and Samir do and who can they trust?

This new edition of HIDDEN has been published by Troika Books to tie in with the stage adaptation of the novel.The play will tour, Autumn 2018. 

Find out more here.

 

Hidden is a gripping story...written with clarity and immediacy...this is a book to counter bigotry.

Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times.

Miriam left me feeling inspired and empowered to stand up for the things I believe in. Everyone should read this book...It's invigorating.

The Bookette

Miriam Halahmy is a truly magnificent author. She makes you think and think.

Phoebe Ridgway, 14 years.

A gripping story focusing on an agonisingly difficult contemporary problem. Tautly written throughout, this fine novel deserves the widest audience.

Nick Tucker

The pace of the narrative carries the reader through the messages about justice and integrity.

The Observer

 

I am represented by Anne Clark Literary Agency.

Firefly Press, 2018.
Firefly Press, 2018.

Miriam Halahmy successfully uses a light touch with this dark material. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Anne Cassidy

Holiday House, USA, 2017
Holiday House, USA, 2017

With Vice President, Mary Cash, Holiday House Books, New York. "Miriam's writing speaks directly and urgently to young people about subjects which matter to them and the world. We are delighted to welcome her to Holiday House.”

Troika Books, 2018
Troika Books, 2018

I enjoyed HIDDEN. I liked the way you use real racial comments, it gave the book a realistic real feel to it, instead of seeming like it was obviously made up. I would recommend it to my friends and I would read other books of yours because this one was different from anything that I have read in the past.

Conrad, Y8

The Emergency Zoo is amazing. It is really gripping and you can't be dragged away from it.  

Miriam Berry, 8 yrs.

This is truly a gem of a book. I had to sneak it off my daughter's bedside table and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.

Jane Yates, Teacher.

Holiday House, USA. 2016
Holiday House, USA. 2016

Miriam's books get better and better - there's never a moment when you're bored.

Aisling Copeland, 14.

After hearing Miriam talk today I feel that I want to try writing.

Phoebe Ridgeway, 14

I love the twists in your books, the way I can't predict what Lindy or anyone else is going to do next.

Y8 pupil, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School.