Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip

Crossing the Line

Written by Gillian Philip

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Shortlisted for the Scottish Book Award 2010.

Incredibly readable, this is a sympathetic and hard-hitting novel that looks squarely at how teenager Nick Geddes copes with the various complications of his life. To say things are not going well for Nick would be an understatement! His mother is absorbed in her media job, his father struggles with alcoholism, his grandmother is slipping into dementia and his sister has always been ‘different’. But, when his sister’s boyfriend is killed in a school stabbing, things begin to spiral out of control. Nick tells his story in a clear and convincing voice capturing the incredible highs of adolescent love in the midst of trouble.


Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip

Nick Geddes's life is a mess. His sister's boyfriend was killed in a school stabbing. His grandmother is decending into a world of her own, his mother has a 'god-slot' on local radio, and his father is drinking way too much. But that is nothing, because he is also crazy in love with Orla, the sister of the boy who has been killed, and she blames Nick! How can Nick make sense of this chaos, and look after his sister, and hopefully get lucky with Orla?


'Much more than a morality tale about the danger of carrying a knife to defend yourself ... much witty, well-observed detail'

'An uncompromising exploration of the ruthless Darwinian world of teenagers. It's tough, rough-textured and assured, cynical where it needs to be, and demands respect'

'Bleakly humorous, imbuing a difficult subject matter with warmth, intelligence and compassion'

'It's very rare, and exciting, to find a writer like Gillian Philip ... [Crossing the Line is] a tender, touching and emotionally savvy examination of sibling relationships and adolescent angst'
The List (Glasgow and Edinburgh)

About the Author

Gillian Philip

Gillian Philip is an exciting new talent with a real ear for contemporary life, as showcased in her first novel for Bloomsbury Crossing the Line. Gillian lives in Elgin in the north of Scotland.

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288 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

6th April 2009




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