An unforgettable new novel from literary sensation Gavin Extence that brings to life the human condition, with insight, tenderness and humour.
Beneath the stars, on a stony beach, stand two brothers.
They are wearing lifejackets that are too big for them and their most precious belongings are sealed in waterproof bags tucked inside the rucksacks on their backs.
Turkey is behind them. Two or three kilometres' swim away is the Greek island of Samos, now only a smudge in the moonlight.
Their feet are blistered from walking, their energy is failing.
They wade forward into the Aegean Sea and count one, two, three.
This is the story of what happens next.
This is the story of Mohammed and Zain.
Brothers. Sons. Refugees.
Praise for Gavin Extence:
'Extence has such a dry, witty style of writing' Marie Claire
'Rich, insightful, darkly serious yet also upliftingly funny' Review of THE MIRROR WORLD OF MELODY BLACK, Jasper Fforde
'Delightful, written in a warm, engaging voice . . . It's so good it 'll leave you wanting to change your own life' Review of THE EMPATHY PROBLEM, Independent
Gavin Extence lives in Sheffield with his wife, children and cat. He has written three previous novels, THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS, THE MIRROR WORLD OF MELODY BLACK and THE EMPATHY PROBLEM. His fourth novel, THE END OF TIME publishes in June 2019.