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Ostrich - Matt Greene

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An incredibly poignant, fabulously inventive coming-of-age novel from a future prizewinner. The Fault In Our Stars meets Submarine.

Alex has a story to tell. He just doesn't know what kind it is yet.

He's got a lot of the same concerns most of us do growing up (exams, puberty and, in his case, a punctuation obsession plus a little quantum mechanics) but lately, ever since his brain surgery, everyone in his life is behaving more than a little mysteriously.

Maybe it's adjusting to life after epilepsy or maybe it's the pressure of his pending scholarship application, but Alex is starting to see the world through different eyes. He's certain there's something rotten at the heart of his parents' marriage, and when his beloved hamster Jaws 2 starts acting up as well he decides it's time to investigate.

So begins the journey that takes him to the limits of his understanding, the edge of his endurance, the threshold of manhood, and the country music aisle in Virgin Megastore. And eventually, on the eve of his English Composition exam, to the door of his mother's home-made dark room. But will Alex have the courage to expose the terrible secret that lies beyond? Or would it be better for everyone if he buried his head in the sand?

Read Caroline Baum's Review

By now we are pretty used to books written in the voice of clever, slightly smart alec kids.

Sometimes they are slightly aspergers-ish, and we savour the way that distorts their understanding of the simplest expressions; sometimes they are outsider geek types, sometimes they have lost a parent and sometimes they are ill. So the set up for this novel is not new. But what sets it apart is that Alex, the boy who narrates this story is irresistibly charming. He's intelligent but not annoyingly so. He's perceptive but he still gets the wrong end of the stick, comically so. He's got a brain tumour and ever since he's had surgery, things in his life have shifted a bit.

About the Author

Matt Greene was born in Watford in 1985 and studied English Language at the University of Sussex, where he edited The Badger newspaper and first became interested in writing for the stage. He has co-written four plays for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including the sell-out farce The Straight Man. Ostrich is his first novel.

ISBN: 9780297869535
ISBN-10: 0297869531
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 10th September 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 13.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1