Published: 28/05/2017
ISBN: 9781788037037
eISBN: 9781788031387
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The Tall Tale of Maxwell Anderson
by Steve Joyce

“I can cure Maxwell, Mr Anderson. There’s a new gene treatment that can stimulate growth. It’s still being tested, it’s not licensed, it’s not authorised – but I believe it can be effective in this case.”

Meet Maxwell Anderson, the boy who never stops growing! Born fighting for his life, an experimental treatment gave him the chance to survive – but with unexpected results. His unusual condition makes him an outcast from his local community and attracts attention from the British Government, sinister international agencies and religious fanatics.

Maxwell’s father, Mark, suffers personal tragedy, betrayal and heartbreak, and experiences the joys of parenthood and a new romance, as he strives to provide the remotest semblance of a normal life for his extraordinary son. As friends old and new rally to help, Mark is innocently unaware that some people are not quite as they seem.

As Maxwell ages and his condition gets ever more bizarre, rival groups battle to control him, a father’s love for his son grows ever more intense, and an increasingly desperate situation calls for extreme measures…

The Tall Tale of Maxwell Anderson explores themes of how society reacts to a person who is ‘different’, but first and foremost, this is a story of a father’s love for his son. This fast-paced, non-technical novel is perfect to escape with and unwind, and will appeal to anyone looking for a story crammed with memorable characters, unforgettable scenes and gut-wrenching emotion.

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A hugely original story; you read it and think 'why hasn't anyone written this before?' You really cannot second guess what is going to happen and this, therefore, pulls you into the Anderson story more and more.

Without giving too much away, I am so pleased the ending is as it is. I cannot say too much here, but I do like a bit of ambiguity and a few loose ends...there is clearly going to be a sequel!

A great achievement and very well written. I highly recommend you read this book!

by Mark Starte


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