Nominated by:

Wojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna im. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego w Łodzi, Poland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Hodder & Stoughton, UK

The Mirror World of Melody Black

Gavin Extence      

2017 Longlist

It all starts, as these things sometimes do, with a dead man.

He was a neighbour, not someone Abby knew well, but still, finding a body when you only came over to borrow a tin of tomatoes, that comes as a bit of a shock.

At least, it should.

And now she can’t shake the feeling that if she hadn’t gone into Simon’s flat, if she’d had her normal Wednesday night instead, then none of what happened next would have happened.

And she would never have met Melody Black…

Wild and witty, searing and true, The Mirror World of Melody Black is about the fine line that separates normal from not – and how life can spin, very swiftly, out of control.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Gavin Extence lives in Sheffield with his wife, children and cat. He has written two previous novels, The Universe Versus Alex Woods and The Mirror World of Melody Black. His third novel The Empathy Problem was published in August 2016.

Librarian’s Comments

Gavin Extence did something extraordinarily important in this novel. In a very clear way, he depicted the situation of people struggling with psychological problems and show how these people are not understood by society.

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