William Sutcliffe

The Gifted, the Talented and Me

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William Sutcliffe talks about his Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Year. Fifteen-year-old Sam is not a famous vlogger, he's never gone viral, and he doesn't want to be the Next Big Thing. In fact, he's ordinary and proud of it. None of which was a problem until Dad got rich and Mum made the whole family move to London. Now Sam's off to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where everyone's busy planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands. Sam knows he'll never belong, even if he wanted to. And that's before he ends up on stage wearing nothing but a fur onesie…

Funny books for teenagers are a scarce thing indeed, making The Gifted, the Talented and Me particularly welcome... Sutcliffe's first comic novel for younger readers is a deft satire on 21st-century family life.” Observer

William Sutcliffe has written 12 novels, including the bestselling Are You Experienced? and The Wall, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. His 2008 novel Whatever Makes You Happy became a Netflix Original film, Otherhood, starring Patricia Arquette, Felicity Huffman and Angela Bassett