Patrick Ness

Walker Books (14+)

9781406331172 (hardback)

On the single Saturday during which the book’s action takes place, Adam Thorn will meet with friends, employers, family and lovers; will experience revelations, attend a farewell party, and reshape his life. Everything in Adam’s life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...

With a trademark mix of the real and the fantastical effortlessly woven together Ness once again demonstrates his profound understanding of the complexities of being a young adult and what it means to have to live secretly, in fear of disapproval and burdened with shame. Elegant, flawless writing capture the nuanced detail of young love and relationships. While revealing truths can be excruciatingly painful, doing so might also bring refreshing, life-affirming release. Heart-breaking, intense and acutely honest, this novel casts a subtle spell of hope.


Patrick Ness is the multi-award-winning author of A Monster Calls, the Chaos Walking series, More Than This, The Ask and the Answer, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, and The Crane Wife. He is twice winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal for A Monster Calls (2012) and Monsters of Men (2011), and the first author to ever win this award in consecutive years. Patrick wrote the screenplay for a critically acclaimed screen adaptation of A Monster Calls starring Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones. Patrick is also the creator and writer of BBC3’s Dr Who spin-off The Class.  Based on Patrick’s own experiences growing up gay in a deeply religious family, Release is his most personal literary novel yet. He lives in England.

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