Luke's mum is dead. He finds himself in a scruffy northern hill town, with a near silent father, who he fears might be trying to drink himself to death. Then he meets Jon.
Jon is massively strange. He wears 1950s clothes, has a side-parting and a twitch. The kids at school call him 'Slackjaw'. When Luke discovers his secret, Jon changes his life in more ways than he can imagine.
Luke and Jon is a coming of age novel about family, bereavement and how lives can change forever in a single second. Written with great power, warmth and humour, it signals a hugely engaging and original new voice. Compelling and emotionally acute, it is a unique debut.
Winner of a Betty Trask Award
Shortlisted for the Premio Orbil Award
Shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award
Nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award