Richard Drake from Drake the Bookshop in Stockton-on-Tees said: "Anything by Gavin Extence is brilliant but The Universe versus Alex Woods would be my recommendation...It's funny, it's sad - it's somewhere in between as well."
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Extence tells a great story that owes much to Vonnegut, but also something to Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. It's hard not to see an echo of Harry Potter, too, in the boy-hero with a scar on his head. The final section is humane and touching, and Extence deserves credit for the clever and timely idea of fictionalising a trip to the Swiss death clinic...Extence's hugely likable first novel is a fairytale for rationalists.