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Life! Death! Prizes!
Author: Stephen May

ISBN: 9781408831199
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: 20 December 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2 x 2.2
Poignant, funny, unforgettable and with echoes of Roddy Doyle, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the works of Jimmy McGovern and Paul Abbot, this is a story of grief, resilience and brotherly love.

Shortlisted for the 2012 COSTA Novel Award

Billy's Mum is dead. He knows - because he reads about it in magazines - that people die every day in ways that are more random and tragic and stupid than hers, but for nineteen-year-old Billy and his little brother, Oscar, their mother's death in a bungled street robbery is the most random and tragic and stupid thing that could possibly have happened to them.

Now Billy must be both mother and father to Oscar, and despite what his well-meaning aunt, the PTA mothers, the social services and Oscar's own prodigal father all think, he knows he is more than up to the job, thank you very much.

The boys' new world, where bedtimes are arbitrary, tidiness is optional and healthy home-cooked meals pile up uneaten in the freezer, is built out of chaos and fierce love, but it's also a world that teeters perilously on its axis....

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