Malorie Blackman

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Narrated By: Adjoa Andoh, Joan Walker, John Hasler, Nicole Davis, Nina Sosanya

Duration: 6 hours and 46 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Checkmate by Malorie Blackman.

My name is Callie Rose.
My mum is a Cross - one of the so-called ruling elite.
My dad was a Nought. My dad was a murderer. My dad was a terrorist.
These facts are the only things that are mine and real. So I don't mind so much that I'm leaving it all behind. There's nothing here worth holding onto.

Sixteen years have passed since Sephy Hadley first met Callum McGregor. For Callie Rose, growing up mixed race in a world where bitter prejudice divides Noughts and Crosses has meant she's an outsider wherever she turns.

Enter Jude McGregor. Jude teaches Callie about her real family history, and the more she learns the more he persuades her where her loyalties really lie.

But soon Callie is caught in a trap she can't get out of - one which will have deadly consequences.

Voted as one of the UK's best-loved books, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses series is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic.

'Dramatic, intensely moving' Carousel
'Another emotional hard-hitter' Sunday Times


Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: families & family issues, Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: racism & multiculturalism, Children's / Teenage fiction: Romance, love & relationships stories, Alternative history fiction

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Thought-provoking brilliance

The Sunday Times

Complex but beautifully crafted . . . dramatic, intensely moving . . . it truly ensnares the reader


Checkmate once again explores the lasting impact of prejudice, discrimination and the legacy of traumatic family history on the next generation in the author's brilliantly imagined world. Readers will not be dissapointed

Publishing News

A perfect end to an important and thought-provoking trilogy

The Bookseller

There is no mistaking the genuine grassroots passion with which Checkmate, the final part of Malorie Blackman's trilogy, has been anticipated among young teen readers . . . Blackman is a terrific thriller writer, driving her plots forward with skill and tenacity