BY GAVIN EXTENCE
Published by Hachette New Zealand, RRP $29.99, 12 February 2013
A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey… This novel might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever read.
This novel tells the story of seventeen-year-old Alex Woods – born to a clairvoyant mother and a phantom father, victim of an improbable childhood accident – who is stopped at Dover customs in possession of 113 grams of marijuana and the ashes of his best friend, Vietnam veteran Isaac Peterson. What follows is a highly original and compelling account of Alex's life and the strange series of events that brought him here.
About the Author
Gavin Extence was born in 1982 and grew up in the interestingly named village of Swineshead, Lincolnshire. From the ages of 5-11, he enjoyed a brief but illustrious career as a chess player, winning numerous national championships and travelling to Moscow and St Petersburg to pit his wits against the finest young minds in Russia. He won only one game.
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