"A writer of genuine originality" The Guardian

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

How far would you go to change your world?

When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should ask where she’s gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about quantum physics and parallel universes, so Albie gets a box, a laptop and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space in search of his mum. What he finds may or may not be what he’s looking for, but he does learn the answers to some big questions.

Nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Winner of the Brilliant Book Award, the Redbridge Children’s Book Award, the Harrow School Library Service Book Award, the Hounslow Junior Book Award, the West Sussex Story Book Award and the East Sussex Children’s Book Award. Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2017 and the Amazing Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Award 2016, the Derbyshire Schools’ Book Award, the Coventry Inspiration Book Award, the Chorlton Children’s Book Award, the St Helens Book Award, the Salisbury Schools Book Award, the Centurion Book Awards, the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and The Read 2018.

Proves the theory that novels about science can be enormous fun. Give the man his own element on the periodic table of children's authors.

The Times, Children's Book of the Week


The Guardian

Moving, and exploding with scientific ideas and wonder.

The Herald

Edge offers an artful, touching exploration of grief. Albie’s first person narrative, inflected with references to science and classic sci-fi, will be especially appealing to middle-grade fans of the genre.


Reader’s will be captivated by Albie’s adventures in parallel versions of his own life and intrigued by the science behind his travels. A fascinating take on bereavement and sorrow.

School Library Journal

A book with a big brain, big laughs and a big, big heart.

Frank Cottrell Boyce

I'd love this book in all the worlds. Heartbreaking, heartwarming, heartstopping. Amazing.

Holly Smale

Hilarious and full of heart.

Piers Torday

A clever, funny and very touching novel.