TThis week, we’re really pleased to be joined by Georgia Springate as we announce the lucky winner of our recent contest to win a free signed paperback copy of Beyond!

Beyond is available now in all good bookstores:

Beyond, the debut novel by Georgia Springate, is a touchingly compelling and uplifting coming-of-age story about love, loss and discovery.

An emotional journey through one boy’s quest to come to terms with his sister’s illness, it will appeal to readers both young and old, in particular fans of The Fault in our Stars.

What happens when we die? Is this really all there is? What exists beyond this life?

Alex Duncan is just an ordinary 14-year-old boy. His main worries are homework, girls, the school bully…

…and his sister, Jenna, who has ovarian cancer, stage B.

As his parents retreat into themselves, Alex is desperate to find a way to help, a way to make things better for his sister. After all, it’s the not knowing that’s the worst thing.

While he tries to untangle the ultimate question, life still goes on: his best friend seems oblivious to his feelings about her, the school bully has taken a special interest in him, and everything he does just makes him feel more and more awkward and out of place.

What he learns on his journey helps him to come to terms with not only his sister’s mortality but also how he and his family and friends cope with that most compelling of questions: what lies beyond?

Reviews for Beyond:

“This book handles a very difficult subject but makes an enjoyable read. You can hear the teenage boy telling this story. His thoughts and muddled feelings are captured so well and he is such an endearing character you cannot help but love turning to the next page to see what he’ll say or do next. A fantastic read by a fantastic writer!”

“Can’t recommend enough, couldn’t put it down from the moment I picked it up. Definitely one of the most insightful book I’ve read in a long time.”

“Springate tells an astonishing story of the reality of grief, and the question of the afterlife. Having been in Alex’s position myself, I was enticed to see the experience from a teenage point of view. It’s a compelling story, battling a subject we need to speak openly about.”

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