A MESSAGE FROM DAVID FICKLING January 2018
‘This novel is one of the most extraordinary things I have read.
When tennis star Floyd sees a boy that no one else can, his parents think a few visits to a sports psychologist will help sort him out. But Mike turns out to have a role all of his own, one that transforms Floyd’s life beyond imagining.
Andrew writes with the lightness of a feather, yet conveys meaning the depth of an ocean. I urge you to read it! Whether a parent, a child or simply a human being, this book will transform you – oh, what a wonder of a writer Andrew Norriss is!’
Children’s Book of the Week!
“This novel is startlingly original… and is written with such clarity it’s like diving into tropical waters (as Floyd does). Everyone needs to get to know Mike… Andrew Norriss has served an ace.” Jan 21st @thesundaytimes
Momo celebrating time to read – ‘Mike has other things to show Floyd – life changing things – perhaps he is the guide we’d all like who leads us to our perfect destiny. ‘
Here are two text quotes to give you a flavour of this writing which will appeal to sports fans.
“By the time he was thirteen, Floyd’s schedule had developed into the full blown routine of a professional athlete. Each weekday he would be up at six and out on the court by quarter past. … Floyd practiced his serves, played a few rounds of flash tennis and then spent the remaining time returning the lobs, back-spins and volleys that his father fired at him from the ball-gun.”
Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books – “this absolutely bowled me over and really developed my understanding of the complex nature of growing up with a talent.”
Book Bag – “There’s a wonderful sense of amusement in the tone, and I think this is what keeps the energy quite light the whole way through.”
Booktrust – ‘Floyd is courageous and full of hope, while Mike’s role is somehow simultaneously subtle and ground-shattering, steering Floyd in completely new and surprising directions, an enigma everyone wants solve. This is a beautifully told and enormously uplifting coming-of-age story.’
‘Mike can change your life. This is the irresistibly intriguing and resonant story of 15-year-old Floyd…’ more
Andrew Norriss’s Mike (David Fickling Books 263pp £10.99) inverts the old doppelgänger story. Normally when you see your double, it’s a harbinger of death. But not here. Mike is a promising tennis star… more
- Paperback to be published January 2019
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 264 pages
- Publisher: David Fickling Books
- Publication Date: 04/01/2018
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781788450096