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Cue a road trip to Wales with his two best friends Ben and Charlie and a series of misadventures involving an onion-eating contest, some valuable jewellery stolen on Antiques Roadshow and a boy dressed as Supergirl. The comic invention never flags in Pearson’s debut novel. At one point, our three heroes end up riding a small child’s bike and a tandem from Barry to St David’s while wearing choirboy cassocks, and this is just one of the many absurd situations that afford wonderful sight-gag opportunities for illustrator Rob Biddulph. Yet there is poignancy here, too, to offset the laughs.