14 June 2017

1.     The book’s called Turtles All the Way Down.

2.     It begins with a fugitive billionaire and a cash reward.

3.     The story is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, and Star Wars fan fiction.

4.     It’s also about Tuatara, which are reptiles that live in New Zealand. They look like lizards, but aren’t.

5.     Its heroine is 16 year-old Aza Holmes.

6.     Aza sets out to look for clues to find the missing billionaire, whilst grappling with mental illness.

7.     Her story is partly inspired by some of John’s own experiences. He says:

“This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal."

8.     John’s last book was published six years ago, and he’ s been working on this one for years. But that’s not unusual – The Fault in Our Stars took 10 years to write.

9.     Readers should expect plenty of metaphors! In John’s words:

“The great thing about figurative language and symbols and the like in novels is that you don’t have to be conscious of them for them to work."

10.  Turtles All the Way Down will be published on 10 October, 2017.

  • Turtles All the Way Down

  • __________

    'Our hearts were broken in the same places. That's something like love, but maybe not quite the thing itself'

    Aza's life is filled with complications.

    Living with anxiety and OCD is enough but when Daisy, her Best and Most Fearless Friend, brings her on a mission to find a fugitive billionaire things are about to get even more complicated.

    To find Russell Pickett, Aza must enter the world of his geeky, but maybe kind-of-cute son, Davis.

    But the chances of a first kiss, and maybe even a first love, could send Aza into a spiral of anxiety...

    A perfect coming-of-age novel filled with love, mystery and Star Wars fan-fiction.

    'John Green writes from the heart'- The Times

    __________

    In his long-awaited return John Green, the acclaimed author of the Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel about mental health, love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

    'A gripping story that cuts to the heart of friendship and first love' The Scotsman

    'Acknowledging the difficulties of loving someone with a chronic mental illness is both ethically noble, and, with this novel, skilfully done.' Claire Hennessy, Irish Times

    'The friendships in Green's novels are stirring and powerful.' The New York Times

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