June’s Book: The Universe vs. Alex Woods, by Gavin Extence

by Jamie Klingler

Not wanting to continue along dictatorial lines, the majority of LBC members has selected The Universe vs. Alex Woods by Gavin Extence as our book for June.

Alex Woods knows that he hasn’t had the most conventional start in life.

He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won’t endear him to the local bullies.

He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen – he’s got the scars to prove it.

What he doesn’t know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he’ll make an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make the best possible choices.

So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing . . .



We’ll be meeting on Tuesday, 25th June. This is still provisional, but the most likely date. We’re also going to shift the time to 7.30pm, to allow for those who have to travel to make the start of the book chat. You are, of course, more than welcome to turn up early and eat and drink. It will be at the Distillers pub, Smithfield Market (nearest tubes: Farringdon, Barbican).

Any questions, please email londonbookclub at outlook dot com. Happy reading.