Nominated by:

Christchurch City Libraries, New Zealand

Publisher of nominated edition:

Text Publishing Company, Australia


David Whitehouse      

What makes life worth getting out of bed for?

Mal isn’t like the other kids. He makes an impression on everyone he meets. So remarkable is his childhood that his family wait for the incredible things he seems born to do.

Then one day he goes to bed, never to get out again.

Recounted by Mal’s younger brother, Bed is a coming-of-age story like no other. It chronicles the metamorphosis of one extraordinary man, and explores what love, loss and family can do to you in a lifetime.

Enchanting, funny, surreal and heartwarming, David Whitehouse’s novel presents one of the most thrilling and unique voices to emerge in literary fiction in years.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

David Whitehouse was born in 1981. His journalism has appeared in Sunday Times Style, the Independent, Esquire, Time Out, Observer Magazine and has won awards from The Times and the Evening Standard. His first short film, The Archivist, has been screened at film festivals including Seattle and Berlin. Bed is his first novel. David lives in London.

Librarian’s Comments

Bed is truly original in idea and execution, this book re-invigorated the coming-of-age novel.

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