Patrick Neate is the author of seven novels, including Twelve Bar Blues, which won the Whitbread (now Costa) Novel Award, and two books of non-fiction, including Where You’re At, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. His film scripts include an adaptation of his own novel City of Tiny Lights, starring Riz Ahmed and Billie Piper, and pianist James Rhodes’s best-selling memoir Instrumental. He is also the founder of Book Slam, London’s first and greatest literary shindig.
An irresistible lead character and a plot that will melt your brain out of your ears (in the best way)
A brain-melting exploration of gaming, multiverse theories and the nature of life, death and the human instinct to tell stories. It is gripping – and features some thrilling football writing to boot
When characters spring to life like this, even the most extraordinary, logic-defying events feel possible
an awesome addition to narratives that play with time-bending and choices. The invigorating tone of the narrator shakes up the young teen genre nicely. This is an excellent read that touches the heart whilst also probing the head of its readership.
Books for Keeps
A brilliantly rewarding and complex plot suitable for older readers, Small Town Hero is full of realistic characters and interesting philosophical ideas, as well as being a beautiful exploration of family, grief and acceptance’, BookTrust