The Universe Versus Alex Woods (Paperback)
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The Universe Versus Alex Woods (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 09/05/2013
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Richard and Judy summer bookclub read 2013, Amazon Rising star, and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, this is 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.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781444765892

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“Difficult subject handled beautifully.”


I loved how the story was told, such an amazing ‘voice’.

I laughed, cried, grimaced, got angry and fell in love with the characters, and I would find any excuse to pick up the book and continue reading, even... More

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11th June 2015
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“An entertaining and thoughtful read”

Alex is not a typical teenager. He has been struck by a meteor, subsequently developed epilepsy, and forced to make friends with an elderly neighbour.
Throughout the book he recalls events that led to his arrest. This... More

Paperback edition
16th August 2014
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Emma Prince at Southampton West Quay

“Utterly compelling!”

Gavin Extence opens this gem of a novel with a scene from the narrative's finale in order to introduce us to the varied and charming protagonist that is Alex Woods, who also serves as the first person narrator.... More

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30th April 2014
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