‘The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.’ Robert Louis Stevenson
Nick hates it when people call him a genius. Sure, he’s going to Cambridge University aged 15, but he says that’s just because he works hard. And, secretly, he only works hard to get some kind of attention from his workaholic father.
Not that his strategy is working.
When he arrives at Cambridge, he finds the work hard and socialising even harder. Until, that is, he starts to cox for the college rowing crew and all hell breaks loose…
AND (yes there is an and) because Alexia is so amazing:
Alexia Casale reveals some plot hints:
so plot hints…
I’m not allowed to reveal too much about the book, but I can say that it features a graveyard, a police station, tropical fish (deceased), a girl who wants to be a flower fairy (not deceased), a hospital, some very good singing, some very bad singing, an awful lot of coffee, and a very special book.
The story starts on Nick’s 15th birthday: his birthday wish is to get a First in his First Year exams at University. The book ends one calendar year later.
Two things that I expect will surprise people after The Bone Dragon:
- House of Windows is probably best categorised as Literary Contemporary.
- It’s written in the third person, past tense.
Right, I should probably say something. Firstly: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
I love the colours and how the cover works with Alexia’s debut The Bone Dragon (and you guys already know my feelings about that book) but it’s also stunning in its own right.
I’m a sucker for non-real people covers anyway so this is making me all kinds of happy and the pretty multi-colours in the leaves. The building and the colours!!! Have I mentions the colours yet?
Apparently, a good source *cough* Alexia *cough* (it’s amazing what cupcake bribes do) tells me that design will wrap around the book – can I just do a little happy dance about that? Also he is stepping out of the river – he is part of the river!!!
I’m rambling aren’t I? *sighs*