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The brilliant second novel from the Richard & Judy winner and Whitbread (now Costa) prizewinner

Meet Itch - an accidental, accident-prone hero. Science is his weapon. Elements are his gadgets. This is Alex Rider with Geek-Power!

Itchingham Lofte - known as Itch - is fourteen, and loves science - especially chemistry. He's also an element-hunter: he's decided to collect all the elements in the periodic table. Which has some interesting and rather destructive results in his bedroom . . .

Then, Itch makes a discovery. A new element, never seen before. At first no one believes him - but soon, someone hears about the strange new rock and wants it for himself. And Itch is in serious danger . . .

Reviews

'Huge, exhilarating, loving and detailed eruption of a novel...an utterly intoxicating display of novelistic elan...big and joyous, literary and accessible...storytelling at its buoyant best'

The Scotsman

Wonderfully eloquent and forceful Kate Atkinson goes at the same pace in her second novel as she did in her first...welcome back, wild north-easter...brilliant and engrossing

Evening Standard

'Vivid and intriguing...fizzles and crackles along...a tour de force'

Independent

Part ghost story, part murder mystery, this is an exquisitely written, literary novel that reads as compellingly as any thriller

Cosmopolitan

A stunner of a second novel...a gutsy book, wrenched from the heart and written with tremendous force, immersing you in its strange, eccentric world

Marie Claire

The quirky imagination, subversive humour and instinct for domestic chaos that Atkinson displayed in her first novel...are rampantly evident again

Publishers Weekly

'Vivid, richly imaginative, hilarious and frightening by turns'

Observer

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Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781409094586

    May 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    448 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780552996198

    June 1, 1998

    Black Swan

    448 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Audio CD

    9781846572364

    January 15, 2010

    Audiobooks

    RRP $27.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
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    • The Nile
    Or

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