Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist
Also available as: Paperback
Winner of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2019
Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018
Quick-witted, sharp-tongued Connor Lambert won't take it any longer: the bullying, the secrets, the sympathy. He's been dying from cancer for years, but hes not dead yet. He's going down fighting.
Forming an unlikely friendship with fellow juvenile delinquent Skeates, the pair stage a break out and set off on a crazy tour across Scotland -- dodging the police, joy riding and extreme partying -- to find Connor's dad, an inmate at Shotts prison.
But Connor's left two things behind -- the medication he needs to keep him alive, and the girl who makes living bearable.
A fresh and bold debut novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion. Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist is a brilliantly funny, thrilling exploration of friendship, identity and mortality populated with witty, sharply drawn characters.
John Young is a writer who is originally from Belfast and lives in Edinburgh. A former lawyer, he founded and runs The Teapot Trust, a children’s art therapy charity, with his wife Laura. He was a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award winner in 2013.read more >
Find a Kelpie
Kelpies’ Mouth Newsletter
Kelpies Prizes 2019: Shortlists Announced!
Goodbye plastic-filled party gift bags!
Tired of handing out party bags full of plastic toys? Give a book instead! Our 10-book party packs are perfect for use as high quality party gifts. And at only £3 per book, they're also excellent value. Find out more