Gavin Extence

Gavin Extence (born 1982) is an English writer. Extence won the Waterstones 11 literary prize for his first book ''The Universe Versus Alex Woods'' (2013). He has a PhD in Film studies, is married, has a daughter and is also a keen chess player.

''The Universe Versus Alex Woods'' is Extence's début novel and is "the everyday tale of a teenage science nerd hit by a meteorite who strikes up a friendship with a pot-smoking Vietnam veteran". It is the story of wilful teenager Alex, who acquires a fascination with science and astronomy after being struck by a falling meteorite and going into a coma. After recovering, Alex forms an unusual friendship with an aged, dope-smoking Vietnam vet, the reclusive Mr. Peterson, who is a dedicated aficionado of Kurt Vonnegut.

His second book ''The Mirror World of Melody Black'' was released in 2015 and follows a young girl's descent into mental illness. Provided by Wikipedia
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