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Publisher Description

*Perfect for fans of A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS*

**RICHARD AND JUDY summer bookclub read 2013, Amazon Rising star, and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize**

*** A funny and touching story of an unlikely friendship and an improbable journey***

Alex Woods knows that he hasn't had the most conventional start in life.

He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won't endear him to the local bullies.

He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen - he's got the scars to prove it.

What he doesn't know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he'll make an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make the best possible choices.

So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing.

A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey, Alex's story treads the fine line between light and dark, laughter and tears. And it might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever read.

Fiction & Literature
January 31
Hodder & Stoughton

Customer Reviews

Ellediamond ,


Such a lovely flowing story. Well written I thought. Really enjoyed it.

Wackeroo ,


Bloody fantastic! I have not read this Author before and find his wit mesmerizing. Have not enjoyed a book as much as this book in a very long time! Well done!

Dave shukomoto ,

First rate and deep

It takes me an age to read a book. Not because I have difficulty reading or any such associated multi-letter illness but because I never seem to have time and frame of mind in the same window.

This book was a book choice of the week on radio 2's Drivetime show. Simon Mayo interviewed Gavin and I was quite impressed so bought it.

The story flows well enough. It's incredibly well researched. All of the characters are completely believable.

Some of the antics remind me of my own school days and I was frequently taken back to being bullied myself at school.

The book copes with the different time frames well and it is a compelling read. I'm waiting for the next from the pen of Gavin Extance. I hope there will be one.

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