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Countdown to Space Oddity

Posted by Christopher at 8:20pm

On the 7th January 2021, Space Oddity will lift-off the launch pad on its intergalactic journey to all good bookshops!

When Chicken House approached me to write this book inspired by a winning idea from their Big Idea competition about an alien parent, I jumped at the chance to write a story for younger readers that would allow me to stretch my funny bones.

But how might this alien parent have arrived here on Earth I wondered and, as David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ came on the radio, the answer came to me. I thought about how some of the radio waves carrying this song would escape from the Earth’s atmosphere and drift out into space, travelling at the speed of light. I thought about an alien in a distant spaceship picking up this radio signal and maybe thinking it was a distress call instead of a song. I thought about how they might come to Earth to investigate, fall in love with an earthling and settle down. And this gave me the idea for Jake, a ten-year-old boy with a very embarrassing dad and Jake’s discovery of the out-of-this-world reason why his dad’s so embarrassing.

Brilliantly illustrated by Ben Mantle, Space Oddity is a story filled with fun and adventure. From joyriding in a zorb chased by killer robots to some close encounters of the rather smelly kind, Jake’s extra-terrestrial adventures take him to the very edge of the solar system, but at its heart, Space Oddity is a story about life on Earth.

It’s a story about family, friendship and identity. It’s a story for anyone who's ever stared at the stars and wondered exactly what's out there. It’s a story that I hope makes readers smile and lets them escape from the world for a while.

And I hope you enjoy it.

You can pre-order your copy of Space Oddity now from BlackwellsWaterstones, HiveFoyles, WHSmithAmazonBookshop or your own local independent bookshop.

And if you do, please keep hold of the proof of your pre-order as you'll be able to get an exclusive BONUS CHAPTER! Just click here to fill in your details and proof of your pre-order and you'll receive THE DAD WHO FELL TO EARTH on publication day.