Seventeen-year-old Frank Palp lives in a grim little apartment, in a grim little building, in an exceedingly grim (and rather large) city. Cobbled streets and near-destroyed bridges and war-damaged houses stand alongside post-war, characterless, concrete hutches.
#Frank generally hates his life and the idiots he's surrounded by... and yet he is in love. A love so pure and sparkling and colourful, Frank feels sure it is 'meant to be.' He believes his love is a reward for all the terrible grey that he is surrounded by - which would be great, if only the girl in question knew he existed. And then one day he finds a message, in a bottle. A wish, for 'anything that isn't this.' He believes the girl who wrote this is surely his soul mat e-and now he just needs to find her.
A striking, compelling thriller combined with a tender, moving love story from the award-winning and critically-acclaimed author of UNCLE MONTAGUE'S TALES OF TERROR
Chris has sold over 60,000 books and has been nominated for many awards including the prestigious Carnegie Medal, the Edgar Awards and the UKLA Children's Book Award. Chris has also worked for twenty years as an illustrator, and his stunning, film-noir inspired illustrations pepper the story, bringing it vividly to life.
An astonishing novel, beautiful to look at, thrilling to read. By turns, brooding, atmospheric, romantic and funny, with the unmistakeable whiff of Kafka. But what stands out for me, are the luminous illustrations by my favourite artist, one Mr. Chris Priestley. Chris Riddell