The Project

Brian Falkner

Hi everyone!

Today I thought I’d tell you a little bit about The Project, my new book, which comes out in just a few weeks time.

I was living in Iowa City, USA in 2008 as part of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. A few months earlier there had been some devastating floods in Iowa City, and the cleanup was still on while I was there.

I had in the back of my mind an idea for a book that I wanted to write one day, called “The Most Boring Book in the World”. I thought that was a great title for a book. The book would be about a long lost, and very rare, book, that contained a terrible secret. But this long lost book was so boring that no-one would ever read it.

In Iowa I learned that the University Library had been in danger of flooding, and teams of volunteers had gone in and emptied the lower shelves in the basement of the library, where all their old, rare books were kept.

That’s how I got the idea. What if that long lost, boring book turned up when they were moving all the books from the basement!

And the rest of the story took off from there.

Walker Books are publishing “The Project” very soon. Look out for it.

Here’s the front cover:



5 Responses so far

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    zackids said,

    The Project sounds really interesting Brian and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve read all of your books and I was wondering why your last few books have been set outside New Zealand? Is it because you’ve been visiting and writing in lots of different places recently or do you want your books to appeal more to kids who aren’t living in New Zealand?


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    starauthor said,

    Thanks Zac

    It is really dictated by the stories themselves, but I do travel a lot overseas nowadays and I often see things which inspire stories.

    The Project is a good example of this, as it was inspired partly by the sights, sounds and smells of Iowa City in the aftermath of the devastating floods of 2008.

    Other stories like Brain Jack are set in the US, because of the nature of the story. It is about cyber terrorists, and cyber warfare, and the US is the obvious target of these kind of attacks. The story would not be as strong if it was about a cyber-attack on little New Zealand!

    Thanks for the question.


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    […] first Star Author is New Zealand’s own Brian Falkner.  Come and find out about his new book The Project, where he gets his ideas from, and what he thinks of book […]

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    […] You only have a couple of days left to enter our Star Author Competition to win a copy of Brian Falkner’s fantastic new book, The Project.  […]

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    […] The Project is a great read for anybody who likes history, science fiction, action, adventure and mystery.  You’ll get caught up in the story and taken along for a wild ride as Luke and Tommy’s race to save the world.  It is definitely NOT a boring book and you’ll be kept awake wanting to find out how the story ends.   Brian Falkner talked about The Project last month when he was our Star Author so if you’d like to know more about the story, check out Brian’s post about The Project. […]

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