"A writer of genuine originality" The Guardian

The Jamie Drake Equation

A cosmic adventure for anyone who's ever looked at the stars

Rocket launches, zero gravity and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake’s dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it’s cool but he just really misses him… Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal on his phone. It looks like alien life might be getting closer to home. But space is a dangerous place and when his dad’s mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he’s a hero too?

Nominated for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award, the Haringey Children’s Book Award and the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award.

Told with the intelligence and heart we expect of Christopher Edge … Edge has found the equation that solves the problem of how to write a fun, intellectually challenging novel with an emotional centre. It’s a big tick.

The Times, Children's Book of the Week

Packed with astrophysics, emotion and invention on a galactic scale, this is science fiction at its most moving and exciting.

The Guardian

After the amazing The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, Christopher Edge would easily be forgiven for a less ambitious follow-up. Instead, he has written a novel easily as good as the one before, filled with his trademark combination of wit, pathos and hilarity.


With family drama and alien intrigue, this captures both the wonder of space and the complexity of growing up.

The Bookseller

With solid science and believable family conflicts, this will be very satisfying to readers whose wishful thinking can suspend disbelief.

Kirkus, starred review

A story of huge ideas and even huger heart.

Abi Elphinstone

An adventure that wears its out-of-this-world-ness with verve and delight, but which never forgets where its heart is.

A.F. Harrold