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The Otherlife

By Julia Gray

Nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Three years ago, Ben's much-loved friend died in mysterious circumstances. And he begins to wonder if his old friend Hobie had something to do with it...

I always get away with it when I try stuff like this. Partly it comes down to sort of assuming that I'm going to. I've got loads of confidence. And Loki got away with everything. Well, almost everything. When troubled, quiet Ben begins at the ruthlessly competitive Cottesmore House, school to the richest, most privileged boys, he is befriended by Hobie: the wealthy class bully, product of monstrous indulgence and intense parental ambition. Hobie is drawn to Ben because he can see the Otherlife: a violent, mythic place where gods and monsters roam. Ben has unnerving visions of Thor and Odin, and of the giant beasts that will destroy them, as well as Loki, god of mischief. Hobie is desperate to be a part of it. Years later, Ben discovers someone very dear to him is dead. And he can’t help wondering if Hobie – wild, restless, dangerous Hobie, had something to do with it… Beguiling, shocking and richly imaginative, The Otherlife is about the darkest impulses within us all.

  • Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal
  • ‘Gripping, bold and completely original’ Katherine Rundell
  • ‘A big, mysterious book full of dangerous characters and half glimpsed truths. An absorbing and unusual read. I loved it’ Melvin Burgess

About the author

Julia Gray is a writer and singer-songwriter. She studied Classics at UCL and has a diploma in Children's Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, for which she received the Sophie Warne Fellowship. She has released three albums with the trip-hop/jazz collective Second Person, and more recently two solo albums, I Am Not The Night and Robber Bride.

ISBN: 9781783444229
Imprint: Andersen Press
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: July 7, 2016
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 416pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $19.99
New Zealand RRP: $21.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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