The Boy who Fell to Earth

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Bantam, 2012 - Fiction - 321 pages

Meet Merlin. He's Lucy's bright, beautiful son - who just happens to be autistic.

Since Merlin's father left them in the lurch shortly after his son's diagnosis, Lucy has made Merlin the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her eccentrically adorable yet challenging child (if only Merlin came with operating instructions), Lucy doesn't have room for any other man in her life.

By the time Merlin turns ten, Lucy is seriously worried that the Pope might start ringing her up for tips on celibacy, so resolves to dip a poorly pedicured toe back into the world of dating. Thanks to Merlin's candour and quirkiness, things don't go quite to plan... Then, just when Lucy's resigned to a life of singledom once more, Archie - the most imperfectly perfect man for her and her son - lands on her doorstep. But then, so does Merlin's father, begging for forgiveness and a second chance. Does Lucy need a real father for Merlin - or a real partner for herself?

Funny yet heartbreaking, witty and wise, this unputdownable, bittersweet novel about keeping your family together when your world is falling apart is the wonderful Kathy Lette at her very, very best.

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About the author (2012)

Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film. After several years as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer in America and Australia, she wrote ten international bestsellers including Mad Cows (which was made into a film starring Joanna Lumley and Anna Friel), How to Kill Your Husband and Other Handy Household Hints (recently staged by the Victorian Opera, Australia), and To Love, Honour and Betray. Her novels have been published in fourteen languages around the world. Kathy appears regularly as a guest on the BBC and Sky News. She is also an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International and the White Ribbon Alliance. In 2010 she received an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University. Kathy lives in London with her husband and two children. Visit her website at www.kathylette.com and on Twitter @KathyLette.

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