Stone Cold (Swindells novel)

Stone Cold is a realistic young-adult novel by Robert Swindells, published by Heinemann in 1993. Set on the streets of London, the first-person narrative switches between Link, a newly-homeless sixteen-year-old adjusting to his situation, and Shelter, an ex-army officer scorned after being dismissed from his job, supposedly on 'medical grounds'.

Stone Cold
First edition
AuthorRobert Swindells
Cover artistPaul Hunt
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreYoung adult fiction, realist novel, horror
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages132 pp (first edition)

Swindells won the annual Carnegie Medal recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject[1]

WorldCat-participating libraries report holding Danish, German, Catalan, Vasc, Slovenian and Korean editions.[2]


Thes place from the perspective of Link and Shelter and set in the 20th century. Shelter's chapters are designated by Daily Routine Orders. Both characters have names by which they prefer to be called, Link (protagonist) and Shelter (antagonist), and their birth names are not revealed.

Link was saddened when his father abandons his family for a receptionist when he was 14. Two years later, his mother, who was always a housewife, got a new partner, whom Link nicknamed "Old Vince".


In 1997, the novel was adapted for a television series of the same title, starring James Gaddas, Peter Howitt and Elizabeth Rider, produced by Andy Rowley which was nominated for a Best Children's Drama Award at BAFTA.[3] The short series was shown on Scene BBC Two.

See also


  1. Carnegie Winner 1993. Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  2. "Formats and Editions of Stone cold". WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  3. "Stone Cold (1997) on the Internet Movie Database". Retrieved 2010-03-15.
Preceded by
Flour Babies
Carnegie Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Whispers in the Graveyard
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