Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist

John Young

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£6.99
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Quick Look

  • Combines the authenticity of John Green with the energy of Irvine Welsh
  • A fresh and bold debut novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion
  • Terminally ill Connor Lambert sets off on a crazy tour across Scotland dodging the police, joy riding and looking for answers
  • Important new voice in Scottish literature
  • A brilliantly funny, thrilling exploration of friendship, identity and mortality populated with witty, sharply drawn characters

Connor's dying, but he's not dead yet. With unlikely ally Skeates, he sets off on one last wild adventure -- a crazy tour across Scotland dodging the police, joy riding and looking for answers. A bold debut novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion.

Format:
paperback
Size:
198 x 130 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
KelpiesEdge
Age Range:
From 14 years
Extent:
288 pages
ISBN:
9781782504245
Publication date:
20 Jul 2017
Series:
KelpiesEdge

Description

Quick-witted, sharp-tongued Connor Lambert won't take it any longer: the bullying, the secrets, the sympathy. He's been dying from cancer for years, but hes not dead yet. He's going down fighting.

Forming an unlikely friendship with fellow juvenile delinquent Skeates, the pair stage a break out and set off on a crazy tour across Scotland -- dodging the police, joy riding and extreme partying -- to find Connor's dad, an inmate at Shotts prison.

But Connor's left two things behind -- the medication he needs to keep him alive, and the girl who makes living bearable.

A fresh and bold debut novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion. Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist is a brilliantly funny, thrilling exploration of friendship, identity and mortality populated with witty, sharply drawn characters.

Reviews

'A bold and brilliant debut.'
-- Keith Gray, author of Ostrich Boys and Creepers

'I normally dislike books about dying teens, but this one had me feeling all the feels. I laughed (often), my heart raced during the get-aways, and yes, I even cried. Real tears! The last time a book made me cry was [...] well, I can't exactly remember, but it was a long time ago. The real beauty of this book is that it's about two boys on an adventure who form an unlikely alliance and ''never quit.'' '
-- Cindy Huskey, GoodReads

Author

John Young is a writer who is originally from Belfast and now lives near Edinburgh. A former lawyer, he helped found The Teapot Trust, a children's art therapy charity, with his wife Laura. He was a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award winner in 2013.

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