Joe Speedboat

Tommy Wieringa

Published: 3 June 2010
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781846271045


'He wasn't so much a special guy as a force that was freed.'

When Frankie Hermans emerges from a coma after 200 days, he knows his life is never going to be the same again. For a start, he can't talk, he can't walk and it's a struggle even to wield a pen. And then there's Joe Speedboat - a boy who arrived in the sleepy village of Lomark like a blazing comet and who's been stirring things up ever since. Whether setting off bombs, racing mopeds or building a biplane, Joe has the touch of a magician and the spirit of a daredevil. He also sees a use for Frankie's good right arm beyond writing: as a champion arm-wrestler Frankie will be strong enough to impress his friends, and maybe even win the favour of the gorgeous, golden-haired girl who has them all in a spin. Full of vitality, verve and chutzpah, Joe Speedboat tells the fast-paced story of an unlikely friendship between two boys, and of their lightning dash towards adulthood.

About the author

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TOMMY WIERINGA was born in 1967 and grew up partly in the Netherlands, partly in the tropics. He began his writing career with travel stories and journalism and is the author of two previous novels, one of which was awarded Holland's Halewijn prize and nominated for the AKO Literature Prize. This is his first novel to be published in English and his next, Caesarion, will be published by Portobello in 2011. More about the author




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