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Told with Kathy Lette's razor-sharp wit, this is a funny, quirky and tender story of a mother's love for her son - and of a love affair that has no chance of running smoothly.

Meet Merlin. He's Lucy's bright, beautiful son - who just happens to be autistic.

Since Merlin's father left them in the lurch, Lucy has made Merlin the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her adorable yet challenging child (if only Merlin came with operating instructions), Lucy doesn't have room for any other man in her life.

By the time Merlin turns ten, Lucy is seriously worried that the Pope might start ringing her up for tips on celibacy, so resolves to dip a toe back into the world of dating. Thanks to Merlin's candour and quirkiness, things don't go quite to plan... Then, just when Lucy's resigned to singledom once more, Archie - the most imperfectly perfect man for her and her son - lands on her doorstep. But then, so does Merlin's father, begging for a second chance. Does Lucy need a real father for Merlin - or a real partner for herself?

Reviews

The Boy Who Fell to Earth is an engaging novel about the love between a mother and son....as good as anything Lette has written.

Sunday Times

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552776820

    April 16, 2013

    Black Swan

    400 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409031543

    March 1, 2012

    Transworld Digital

    400 pages

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After the Blues
Best Laid Plans
Courting Trouble
Love Is Blind
Nip 'N' Tuck
Altar Ego
Puberty Blues
Mad Cows
Foetal Attraction
Men: A User's Guide
Because I am a Girl
To Love, Honour And Betray

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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The Bear and The Nightingale
Tiger Men
Ready Player One
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home
Breath
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
The Trip of a Lifetime
Uncommon Type
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