Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist: A Chat with John Young.
When? Saturday 22nd July, 3pm – 4pm
Where? Podcast on Soundcloud
Who? John Young
Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist is a novel that confronts bullying, drugs, crime and terminal illness. Connor Lambert refuses to be remembered as a kid with cancer and is defiant and brave in his fight against the stereotype. Moving from YA’s dystopian trends, John Young’s debut shifts firmly into reality and worlds that real teenagers can relate to in a novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion that’s funny, thrilling and sharp.
A former lawyer who helped found The Teapot Trust, a children’s art therapy charity, with his wife Laura, John talks to his publishers at Floris for an eye-opening and heartfelt exploration of the topics in the book.