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Sensitive, gentle and perilously acquiescent, Neil Flack is growing up in the heart of Europeâ€™s largest housing estate. By day, he and his best friend Brendan think of ways of catching the attention of the schoolâ€™s most attractive girls; at night he hides in his room, secretly indulging his addiction to the teenage romance novels he steals from Brendanâ€™s sister. Neilâ€™s consuming ambition is to create the perfect Valentineâ€™s card and send it to his dream girl - and so he lays his plans.
Heartache, embarrassment and pandemonium are sure to followâ€¦
Closing date: 04/10/2020
â€˜Genuinely funny... Fans of Jonathan Coe will find much to enjoy hereâ€™
â€˜Tomlinsonâ€™s portrayal of teenage angst is quite superb, and he counters the terror and cruelty with touches that will make you laugh out loud...Savour itâ€™
Ireland on Sunday
â€˜For anyone who ever suffered the pain of a schoolyard crush, Neil Flackâ€™s reminiscing will strike a chord and make Tomlinsonâ€™s novel thoroughly enjoyableâ€¦Funny and touchingâ€™
â€˜Nick Tomlinson summons up an instantly recognisable world: the very early teenage and its exquisite embarrassment over trivia'
â€˜Brilliantly observedâ€¦ A splendidly funny dÃ©butâ€™
Publication date: 01/02/2005
Publisher: Black Swan
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Nick Tomlinson has been an English teacher, academic mentor, actor and singing waiter. He lives in Birmingham with his girlfriend. Saint Valentine is his first novel.More About Nick Tomlinson