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The Book of Forks

By Rob Davis

Paperback, 200 pp, £12.99

The Motherless Oven and The Can Opener’s Daughter may have raised more questions than they answered, but The Book of Forks explains everything.

Castro Smith finds himself imprisoned within the mysterious Power Station, writing his Book of Forks while navigating baffling daily meetings with Poly, a troubled young woman who may be his teacher, his doctor, his prison guard… or something else entirely. Meanwhile, back home, Vera and Scarper's search for their missing friend takes them through the chaotic warzone of the Bear Park and into new and terrifying worlds.

With The Book of Forks, Rob Davis completes his abstract adventure trilogy by stepping inside Castro's disintegrating mind, to reveal the truth about the history of the world, the meaning of existence and the purpose of kitchen scales.


Rob Davis


Rob Davis began self-publishing his own comic, the highly experimental SLANG, in 1989. From there, Rob made the leap from experimental into traditional when he was employed by Fleetway to reinvent British comics icon Roy of the Rovers. After a time drawing Judge Dredd, he began working as an illustrator and cartoonist for newspapers (including The Guardian) and children’s book publishers (including Scholastic). In the last few years, Rob has returned to comics, writing and drawing Doctor Who for Panini. His books for SelfMadeHero include The Motherless Oven, The Can Opener's Daughter and The Complete Don Quixote.

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Reviews

"Davis has crafted a universe totally lacking in derivative concepts or even references that the reader can cling to. [It] leaves other dystopian fictions in the dust."
— Publishers Weekly
"Davis has created a story full of emotion and adventure, following in the footsteps of the best young adult novels and graphic stories."
— AV Club
"The series is quickly proving to be essential reading."
— Library Journal