A quirky delight to really treasure

THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS BY GAVIN EXTENCE

The universe versusNow this is what I mean when I talk about a bloody good read! Fantastic plot, superbly charming characters and excellent writing.

Alex Woods hasn’t had a conventional start in life what with having a clairvoyant mother and being hit by a meteorite. A series of improbable events lead him to develop an unlikely friendship with reclusive, bad-tempered widower, Mr Peterson and what follows is a truly uplifting story. Tender and touching yet not slushy or sentimental this is a tale of having one shot at life, of classical music and Kurt Vonnegut, finding friendship in strange circumstances and Swiss death clinics.

It could be compared to the writing and themes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon or A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

I smiled throughout and will genuinely miss having Alex Woods and his friend Mr Peterson in my life.

Notes on the author – Gavin Extence

  • Born in 1982 in Lincolnshire, now lives in Sheffield
  • His major hobby is amateur astronomy
  • Check out a collection of the weird and wonderful things Alex Woods knows twitter@ThingsAlexKnows

SOUTHSEA BOOKWORM RATING: 9/10

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