Francis Wootton's first memory is of Kurt Cobain's death and there have since been other hardships much closer to home. At fifteen, he knows all about loss and rejection, and if he's honest, Francis- would-be poet, possible intellectual - feels he is wasted in Tyne and Wear. Lower Fifth is supposed to be his time: but when he is diagnosed with leukaemia, a whole new world of worry presents itself. There's the horror of being held back a year at school, the threat of imminent baldness. But he hadn't reckoned on meeting Amber and finding a reason to tackle it all - the good the bad and everything in-between - head on.
"Read In Bloom right now. It will improve your life." Matt Haig, author of How To Stop Time and The Humans
"Sometimes writers are just born. Begin enjoying Matthew Crow now and then, when he's discovered, you'll be able to smugly let slip that you liked his early work." Jonathan Trigell, author of Boy A