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|Released: ||March 2010|
|Publisher: ||Simon & Schuster|
Note: Teen novel, also available as an audio reading. Originally published in early summer 2009 but almost immediately withdrawn from shelves for reasons unknown — presumed to be legal since the book is apparently semi-autobiographical. A revised version of the novel was then published with the same ISBN & cover in March 2010. Any lucky fans who bought the original version in 2009 have a rare collectible on their hands — note that the original features Chris, the narrator’s younger brother, who is replaced by Jacqui (his step-grandmother) in the rewritten novel.
“vivid, touching and dead funny” Stephen Cole
It’s the 1980s and David has just started secondary school. He’s becoming a teenager, while still hanging onto the rituals of childhood, particularly his addiction to Doctor Who: sharing the books with his best friend and neighbour, Robert, and watching the TV show.
But adolescence is as strange and alien to David as anything the good Doctor has encountered, so he’s mystified when Robert begins to reject his hero in favour of girls, free weights and new music. Is it time for David to make a choice and move on too?
An evocative and moving portrayal of a boy finding his place in the world, set against a backdrop of Bowie, Blackpool and Breville toasters.
Also by Paul Magrs:
Strange Boy: “warm and blackly hilarious” Observer
“clever, well-crafted and convincing” Melvin Burgess
Exchange: “a superb novel... beautifully stuctured” Irish Times
“a wonderful novel... moving and engaging” Guardian