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The Gifted, the Talented and Me

William Sutcliffe

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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

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The Gifted, the Talented and Me A01 By (author) N William Sutcliffe 198 129 236 BC Paperback / softback 336 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Bloomsbury Publishing PLC London United Kingdom YFB General fiction (Children's / Teenage) 1.3 YFB Children's / Teenage fiction: General fiction SUNDAY TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 Laugh-out-loud funny and instantly recognisable - not since The Inbetweeners has a coming of age story been so irreverent and relatable. Fifteen-year-old Sam is not a famous vlogger, he's never gone viral, and he doesn't want to be the Next Big Thing. In fact he's ordinary and proud of it. None of which was a problem until Dad got rich and Mum made the whole family move to London. Now Sam's off to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where everyone's busy planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands. Sam knows he'll never belong, even if he wanted to. And that's before he ends up on stage wearing nothing but a fur onesie ... A brilliantly funny look at fitting in, falling out and staying true to your own averageness. 'Dangerously funny ... To the parent, every line rings true - this is a writer with real live teenagers and he is especially good on the ups and downs of sibling relations and young love. Sutcliffe is gifted and talented. I hope the prizes flood in. I'll be giving this to every teenager I know' - Alex O'Connell, The Times 'The Gifted, the Talented and Me made me cry with laughter. A comic novel like this is a gift to the nation' - Amanda Craig Hold the front page: a young adult book has landed that isn't set in a dystopian warzone, doesn't involve a bleak tale of terminal illness, abuse or hate. Absolutely no one dies. Although readers may collapse laughing because, shush, it's dangerously funny ... To the parent, every line rings true - this is a writer with real live teenagers and he is especially good on the ups and downs of sibling relations and young love. Sutcliffe is gifted and talented. I hope the prizes flood in. I'll be giving this to every teenager I know. * Alex O'Connell, The Times Children's Book of the Week * So, so funny and recognisable - I immediately forced it on my 14 year old * Jenny Colgan, Sunday Times bestselling author * Funny books for teenagers are a scarce thing indeed, making The Gifted, the Talented and Me particularly welcome ... Sutcliffe's first comic novel for younger readers is a deft satire on 21st-century family life. Comparisons with Adrian Mole are inevitable, but this has a charm all of its own. * Fiona Noble, Observer * The Gifted, the Talented and Me made me cry with laughter. A comic novel like this is a gift to the nation, and Will Sutcliffe's teenage Sam, struggling to adapt as his family moves to privileged, pretentious Hampstead and enrols him in a progressive London school is the best book he has written for a decade. He, David Nicholls and Joe Dunthorne are part of a tradition that goes back to PG Wodehouse, and which has never been more needed by readers young and old. * Amanda Craig, journalist and author of The Lie of the Land * Probably the funniest and most authentic novel that I've read about being an awkward, self-conscious teenage boy since I WAS an awkward, self-conscious teenage boy! Bravo, William Sutcliffe! * John Boyne, bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas * I totally loved The Gifted, the Talented and Me - great characters, packed with wisdom and reminiscent of Adrian Mole (there's no higher praise, let's face it). * Sathnam Sanghera, journalist and author of The Boy with the Topknot and Marriage Material * Sharp, witty and brilliantly observed ... I haven't laughed out loud like that for a long time * Brian Conaghan, Costa Award-winning author of The Bombs that Brought Us Together * I was never an awkward teenage boy, but it made me laugh out loud on the tube. Consequently, my membership of London has been revoked for such a serious breach of etiquette. * Patrice Lawrence, award-winning author of Orangeboy * What a wonderful book! It made me chortle, and I never chortle. So, so refreshing and charming and believable. I loved this book. * Max Porter, award-winning author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny * I blasted through this corker ...Definitely shades of Adrian Mole but also some Louise Rennison-esque naughtiness, which can't be a bad thing. YA needs more books like this ... * Phil Earle, author of Demolition Dad and The Bubble Wrap Boy * More laughs out loud than any other book I have read this year. One to entertain all the family * Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times * A helping of Adrian Mole, spiced with a hint of Inbetweeners, this gives a painfully accurate insight into the agonies of male adolescence * Daily Mail * A brilliant comic satire on family life * Summertime and the reading is easy... - Sunday Express S Magazine * Rare is the description of an average family with ordinary problems, which is why William Sutcliffe's The Gifted, the Talented and Me was so refreshing... Sutcliffe also debunked the notion of a hero who has to be somehow special and unique * Financial Times Life & Arts * Ryan Watson brings a down-to-earth, gleefully comic sensibility to his performance as resolutely normal Sam, abruptly plonked into the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented * The best audiobooks for young adults - Guardian Review * Give your teenager the Christmas gift of laughter with this publishing rarity, a funny, clever YA novel * The best children's books of 2019, The Times * Sutcliffe's young adult novel was the year's funniest book ... The book is joyous: full of spot-on satirical observation and candid teenage embarrassment. One not to read in public if chortling audibly bothers you * Children's Book of the Year, Sunday Times * An utterly hilarious and sharp take on the "we're all special" rhetoric * Best of 2019, Irish Times * This must be one of the funniest novels of the year in any age category * Best books of 2019: young adult, Financial Times * Think Adrian Mole, spiced with a hint of Inbetweeners, it gives a painfully accurate insight into male adolescence * Daily Mail * William Sutcliffe provides some much-needed comic relief in The Gifted, The Talented and Me, a deft satire on modern family life with shades of Adrian Mole * Observer * William Sutcliffe is the author of twelve novels, including the international bestseller Are You Experienced? and The Wall, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He has written for adults, young adults and children, and has been translated into twenty-eight languages. His 2008 novel Whatever Makes You Happy is now a Netflix Original film starring Patricia Arquette, Felicity Huffman and Angela Bassett. It was released in August 2019 under the title Otherhood. His latest novel, The Gifted, The Talented and Me, was described by The Times as 'dangerously funny' and by the Guardian as 'refreshingly hilarious'. 02052019 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 7.99 0.00 7.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 64 ARGOSY BERT GARD Y SUNDAY TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 Laugh-out-loud funny and instantly recognisable - not since The Inbetweeners has a coming of age story been so irreverent and relatable. Fifteen-year-old Sam is not a famous vlogger, he's never gone viral, and he doesn't want to be the Next Big Thing. In fact he's ordinary and proud of it. None of which was a problem until Dad got rich and Mum made the whole family move to London. Now Sam's off to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where everyone's busy planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands. Sam knows he'll never belong, even if he wanted to. And that's before he ends up on stage wearing nothing but a fur onesie ... A brilliantly funny look at fitting in, falling out and staying true to your own averageness. 'Dangerously funny ... To the parent, every line rings true - this is a writer with real live teenagers and he is especially good on the ups and downs of sibling relations and young love. Sutcliffe is gifted and talented. I hope the prizes flood in. I'll be giving this to every teenager I know' - Alex O'Connell, The Times 'The Gifted, the Talented and Me made me cry with laughter. A comic novel like this is a gift to the nation' - Amanda Craig
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Book publisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date2 May 2019
FormatPaperback
Pages336
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