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Going up to Cambridge University can be a daunting experience for even the most confident of Freshers. For one thing, there’s having to face a whole new set of emotional and academic hurdles. For another, there’s having to get your head around all the eccentricities, like the conventions of Formal Hall, grasping what bops, bedders, squashes and p’lodges are, and accepting that May Week is actually in June. But for Nick, going up to read maths at the tender age of fifteen, the experience is heightened to the nth degree.
Socially awkward, and desperate for the approval of his inattentive, work-obsessed father, Nick immerses himself in his studies. But when prickly Professor Gosswin, his formidable tutor, and one of the novel’s most pivotal characters, suggests that he’d make an excellent rowing cox, Nick begins to realise that there might just be more to life than getting a First.
Driven by a cast of convincingly-drawn characters, and set against an atmospheric, affectionate evocation of Cambridge, this tenderly-told coming-of-age story gets to the heart of what it means to find your way in the world, and what it means to have friends and family.
The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us. (Robert Louis Stevenson). Nick hates it when people call him a genius. Sure, he's going to Cambridge University aged 15, but he says that's just because he works hard. And, secretly, he only works hard to get some kind of attention from his workaholic father. Not that his strategy is working. When he arrives at Cambridge, he finds the work hard and socialising even harder. Until, that is, he starts to cox for the college rowing crew and all hell breaks loose...
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Publication date: 06/08/2015
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber
|Publication date:||6th August 2015|
|Publisher:||Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
A British-American citizen of Italian heritage, Alexia Casale is an editor, teacher and writing consultant. After studying psychology then educational technology at Cambridge, she moved to New York to work on a Tony-award-winning Broadway show before completing a PhD and teaching qualification. In between, she worked as a West End script-critic, box-office manager for a music festival and executive editor of a human rights journal. House of Windows is her second book.More About Alexia Casale