KEITH STUART is the games editor of the Guardian and a veteran video game journalist who has spent 20 years playing, investigating, and writing about video games and their possibilities. He lives with his family in Somerset, England. A Boy Made of Blocks is his first book.
The publishing sensation of the year: a compelling, uplifting and
heart-rending debut novel.
(Mail on Sunday) A Boy Made of Blocks is constructed around not just a great plot, but a rare sense of honesty and insight.(John Harris Guardian) Funny, expertly plotted and written with enormous heart. Readers who enjoyed The Rosie Project will love A Boy Made of Blocks - I did. (Graeme Simsion) A heart-warming and wise story . . . I shed a few tears but was left with a warm glow. (Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love) Very funny, incredibly poignant and full of insight. Awesome. (Jenny Colgan) One of those wonderful books that makes you laugh and cry at the same time. (Good Housekeeping) A Boy Made of Blocks is one of those unique and exquisite stories that grab you from the very first line. Searingly honest and poignant . . . tremendously moving. A truly beautiful story. (Heat) Even the hardest of hearts will be warmed by this poignant tale based on the author's life with his autistic son. (Mail on Sunday) This is a wonderful, warm, insightful novel about family, friendship and love that tugs at your heart. (Daily Mail) Stuart scatters his rose petals with enough thorns to ensure his often very funny debut will get under the skin . . . a tear-jerker. (Claire Allfree Metro) Be prepared to shed tears. (Book of the Week) (Sun) A Boy Made of Blocks is a wonderful read and I imagine that this will be one of many outstanding novels by Keith Stuart. (Huffington Post) This debut is sad, funny and full of heart-melting moments that make tears inevitable. (Daily Express) [A] warm, humorous and touching story about fatherhood and family. (Sunday Mirror) Fans of Nick Hornby with love this funny and moving tale. (Closer) A heartwarming read. (Sunday Express) Warm and real, honest and heart-breaking, joyous and life-affirming. It has the lot. (Vanessa Greene) The characters are well-developed and vulnerable, learning to navigate and make sense of a world filled with obstacles. Stuart's debut novel is a charming and timely tale of learning to connect in the digital age. (Kirkus) An engaging and satisfying read on modern parenting. (Your Weekend (New Zealand)) It was refreshing to read a story where the characters flail around, panic, cry, swear, yet ultimately are determined to build little blocks of happiness with those whom they love. (Cath Weeks The Big Issue) Touching and funny. (Autism Eye) An escape, majestic and beautiful, into a world where imagination is the only limit. (Forbes) Heartbreakingly realistic. (Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House) One of those magical books that makes you forget that you are reading. This is an author who understands fatherhood and boyhood and everything in between. A truly beautiful book. (Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend) You'll be rooting for Alex as he struggles to relate to his child, eventually finding a way to connect... A Boy Made of Blocks will make you laugh and cry in equal measure; a book you won't soon forget. (Brenda Janowitz, author of The Dinner Party)
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