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After an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady (it’s a long story) Ben Fletcher narrowly avoids the Young Offenders Unit. Instead he is told to Give Something Back to the community and develop his Sense of Social Alignment

Of course Ben does what most teenage boys would do: he takes up knitting. he’s always had a Thing for the teacher and it would be a welcome change from the endless conversations about Top Gear and Chelsea FC with his dad.

Obviously it doesn’t quite go as he thought it would. There is a high risk of eternal HUMILIATION and becoming REPELLENT to all girls. but Ben’s nothing if not a risk-taker.

Just ask the lollipop lady…

I finished reading Boys Don’t Knit late last night and hurt myself as I had to keep from giggling as my wife was sleeping next to me and I did not want to wake her. Tom Easton has written the funniest book I have read in ages, it was a pure, unalloyed joy to read is now my favourite funny book of the year (so far)!

Ben Fletcher joins Adrian Mole, Georgia Nicolson and Sam Taylor in the pantheon of awkwardly adorable heroes of diary fiction

Tom’s descriptions of Ben’s insecurities are spot on – I can remember life as a teenager, being less than cool, having friends that took the mickey a lot and hobbies that would have made life difficult if my friends and classmates had ever found out. However this book is more than the embarrassments of being a teenage boy, it is about relationships: between families – parent & child as well as between adults, between friends, the youth of today and the elderly people as well as dealing with romantic attractions and navigating the minefields of getting a girlfriend and avoiding being beaten up.

If you ever thought that knitting is boring and that it would not work as a spectator sport and that a book about a recovering young offender would be anything but sombre and worthy then Boys Don’t Knit is the book that will disprove all your theories. It is gripping, heart-warming, hilarious and the last 38 pages makes for one of the most gripping endings I have ever read!

Boys Don’t Knit is published by Hot Key Books and is available now!

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