Henry Tumour by Anthony McGowan

Henry Tumour

Written by Anthony McGowan

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Winner of the Booktrust teenage prize in 2006, Henry Tumour is exceedingly funny, compulsive, thought-provoking, challenging, dark and tragic by turns. As Mal Peet, another author of brilliant teenage fiction said, ‘Henry Tumour is a boisterous, anarchic, frequently vulgar comedy. It is also a wise, sensitive, questioning novel about the opposing forces that make us what we are’.

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Henry Tumour by Anthony McGowan

Hector Brunty, has a dilemma: a talking brain tumour. Henry Tumour advises Hector on haircuts, high-fashion, and tactics for snogging the best-looking girl in school, Uma Upshaw. Can Hector overpower his tumour in order to get what he really wants ... before they both go under the knife?

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For style and wit, it is head and shoulders above most teen fiction published this year -- Amanda Craig The Times

I loved, loved, loved this book. It's vivid, it's anarchic, it's unbearably cool ... It's also very, very funny. There were moments when I had to put it down because I was howling with laughter ... And if so much hilarity weren't enough, it's also very clever -- Jill Murphy thebookbag.co.uk

A book to get teenage boys reading for the hell of it ... A dark and funny book -- Phil Hogan Observer

Definitely the funniest, most obscenely wise book I have read in a long time -- Theo Temple, Booktrust Teenage Prize judge The Times

Every writer hates to hear the words stunning new talent applied to someone else, but in the case of Anthony McGowan nothing else will do -- Meg Rosoff

About the Author

Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan has written several young adult novels including Hellbent, Henry Tumour, The Knife That Killed Me, the last of which was adapted into a highly acclaimed flm in 2014. Anthony has also written widely for younger children, including the award-winning Donut Diaries series, and Einstein’s Underpants, which was short-listed for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. His upcoming novel, The Art of Failing, is due to come out later this year. He lives in London.

Q & A video: Anthony answers questions about his book, Willard Price: Leopard Adventure.

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320 pages


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Random House Children's Books

Publication date

5th April 2007




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