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Ostrich Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; Digital original edition (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297869523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297869528
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,131,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A coming-of-age story of some brilliance. I laughed heartily, sobbed unexpectedly (Nathan Filer, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL)

Ostrich has given me the most enjoyable reading experience I've had all year and has one of the funniest and most engaging young narrators I've had the pleasure of reading. Matt Greene is seriously funny and in Ostrich proves comedy can be the finest of arts (Matt Haig, author of the Radleys and the Humans)

Irresistible! Ostrich is loaded with wit, charm and wisdom. Alex is one of the sweetest and most inspiring narrators I've ever encountered. I dare you not to laugh, cry and fall utterly in love (Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette)

One of the bravest novels I've read in a very long time. Greene lets the reader become detective and clue by clue we uncover not only the truth of Alex's world, but the deepest truths of what it means to love and lose (Carol Rifka Brunt, author of Tell the Wolves I'm Home)

Alex is a memorable narrator with a unique perspective on life and this is a highly engaging and funny coming-of-age story that becomes all the more poignant as we begin to wonder how much coming-of-age Alex is going to get (THE BOOKSELLER)

Reading Ostrich is an experience that your emotions will thank you for. It has sad, sweet and funny moments all at once and an ending that takes the breath away. It's close to being the perfect book for adults and young readers alike. (www.thebookbag.co.uk)

it is impossible not to compare Ostrich with another - very well known - book; The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time... well written and well paced, so if you enjoyed the bestseller that inspired Ostrich, you may well enjoy this, too (Christena Appleyard DAILY MAIL)

This is an endearing debut novel from Matt Greene, with an inspired and hilarious take on adolescence...Greene's unusual style and his enchanting wordplay will not only gain him favourable comparisons to Mark Haddon, but potentially earn him a place in the bestseller's list. (TIME OUT)

At once hilarious and heart-wrenching (Robert Douglas-Fairhurst THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)

This is a classic case of the unreliable narrator, and the result is both hilarious and heartrendingly poignant. The most powerful aspect of the story is what is not mentioned, and how Alex's parents treat him. They are magnificent. The character portrayals, revealed mainly through dialogue, are so magic I'm going to reread this book immediately...before I pass it on to my son. Read this, and like. And share (Afric McGlinchey IRISH EXAMINER)

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Authors are queuing up to lavish praise on this novel: Matt Haig (The Humans) says: "The most enjoyable reading experience I've had all year. It's Seriously Funny". Maria Semple (Where'd You Go, Bernadette?) says: "Irresistible!". Carol Rifka Brunt (Tell The Wolves I'm Home) says: "One of the bravest novels I've read".

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