Melvin Burgess was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature.
The current king of this genre
Funny, honest and touching with engagingly mixed-up protagonists… realistic, but utterly uncynical
A genuinely moral work of fiction about a subject – the confusions, joys and terrors of adolescent male sexuality – rarely addressed with any such comprehension or sympathy
Filth, which ever way you look at it
Refreshingly realistic and unsentimental approach to sex
This boldly comic book has a serious core and a great deal of heart… everyone knows teenage boys are gross. Now we know they’re human too.
Everything you never wanted to know about sex and boys – but probably should
Explosive, essential reading
Waterstone's Books Quarterly
Hilarious and thoroughly absorbing, fantastically well observed and emotionally astute… Burgess at his brilliant best. Not recommended for those over 21
Burgess’s treatment of that whole confusing scenario of being a teenager is, as ever, brilliant.
Hilarious, brutally honest and also very brave
Scottish Book Trust