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Ostrich by Matt Greene
  

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A hugely exciting debut novel from an author who’s bound to have a bright future ahead of him. Alex is a very clever and precocious young man on the cusp of teenagehood who also happens to have a brain tumour. Recovering from surgery he’s puzzled why his parents are behaving strangely and even his hamster seems different, so he sets out on something of a quest to work out what’s happened. Laugh out loud and bittersweet, it will stay with you a long time after you’ve finished reading the truly powerful final lines.

If you like Matt Greene you might also like to read books by Gavin Extence, Matt Haig and Mark Watson.

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Synopsis

Ostrich by Matt Greene

Growing up is hard enough without a deadline. Alex has a story to tell. He just doesn't know what kind of story it is yet. He's got a lot of the concerns every 12-year-old has but lately, ever since his brain surgery, everyone in his life is behaving more than a little mysteriously. 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 will take him to the limits of his understanding and take you back to the wonder and conviction of your own adolescence, to a time when you understood the world so much better than it understood you.

Reviews

'Ostrich has given me the most enjoyable reading experience I've had all year and has one of the funniest and most engaging young narrators I've had the pleasure of reading. Matt Greene is seriously funny and in Ostrich proves comedy can be the finest of arts' -- Matt Haig, author of The Radleys and The Humans

'Irresistible! Ostrich is loaded with wit, charm and wisdom. Alex is one of the sweetest and most inspiring narrators I've ever encountered. I dare you not to laugh, cry and fall utterly in love' -- Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

'One of the bravest novels I've read in a very long time. Greene lets the reader become detective and clue by clue we uncover not only the truth of Alex's world, but the deepest truths of what it means to love and lose' -- Carol Rifka Brunt, author of Tell the Wolves I'm Home

'Alex is a memorable narrator with a unique perspective on life and this is a highly engaging and funny coming-of-age story that becomes all the more poignant as we begin to wonder how much coming-of-age Alex is going to get' THE BOOKSELLER

'Reading Ostrich is an experience that your emotions will thank you for. It has sad, sweet and funny moments all at once and an ending that takes the breath away. It's close to being the perfect book for adults and younger readers alike.' www.thebookbag.co.uk

'it is impossible not to compare Ostrich with another - very well known - book; The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time... well written and well paced, so if you enjoyed the bestseller that inspired Ostrich, you may well enjoy this, too' -- Christena Appleyard DAILY MAIL

'This is an endearing debut novel from Matt Greene, with an inspired and hilarious take on adolescence...Greene's unusual style and his enchanting wordplay will not only gain him favourable comparisons to Mark Haddon, but potentially earn him a place in the bestseller's list.' TIME OUT

About the Author

Matt Greene

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th January 2015

Author

Matt Greene

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
NewGen - YA Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780225159

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