6,257 book reviews and counting...

The Universe versus Alex Woods Reviews

The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Universe versus Alex Woods

Gavin Extence

Score pending

1 review

Imprint: Hodder Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 9 May 2013
ISBN: 9781444765892

A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey... This novel might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever read.

1 Prize for The Universe versus Alex Woods

The Bookseller Podcast
The Book Doctors' Recommendations

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."

Hear more on The Bookseller Podcast

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
15 Mar 2013

"Extence's hugely likable first novel is a fairytale for rationalists"

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.