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The Origin of Me

Bernard Gallate



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17 March 2020
After his parents' marriage break-up, Lincoln Locke's 15-year-old life is turned upside down when he's thrust into bachelor-pad living with his father and an exclusive new school. Crestfield Academy offers Lincoln a new set of peers - the creme de la creme of gifted individuals, who also happen to be financially loaded - and a place on the swim relay team with a bunch of thugs in Speedos.

Homunculus, the little voice inside his head, doesn't make life any easier; nor does Lincoln's growing awareness of a genetic anomaly that threatens to humiliate him at every turn.

On a search for answers to the big LIFE questions, he turns to the school library, where he spies a 19th-century memoir, My One Redeeming Affliction by Edwin Stroud, a one-time star of Melinkoff's Astonishing Assembly of Freaks. As Lincoln slowly reads this peculiar, life-changing book, the past reaches into his present in fascinating and alarming ways. Ways that defy imagination...

Audacious, funny and wonderfully inventive, The Origin of Me is a song to friendship, young love, the joy of imagination and celebrating differences.

Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   594g
ISBN:   9780143789628
ISBN 10:   0143789627
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bernard Gallate began his professional life in the animation industry with Hanna-Barbera, later working for Walt Disney and a multimedia agency. After studying acting, he ran climbing tours of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for six years while writing and illustrating books for younger readers. Bernard currently teaches programs on early Sydney life and archaeology at historic sites across the city. The Origin Of Me is his first novel.

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