I am a member of The Teenagers Survivors Club – I lived with two for many years. Of all the astonishing things in the world – the 2012 Olympics, say, or Triple Heart Bypass, the Chrysler Building or Trump – teenagers are the most astonishing, I think. Human exploding devices bursting out into the world in great starbursts of attitude and inventiveness and fantasy and humour. I was interested. I kept notes.
I do in fact have another story in mind. Readers will have noticed with the three books – Running Girl, Kid Got Shot, Hey, Sherlock!– that each new story takes place immediately after the preceding one. At the end of Hey, Sherlock!Garvie has to decide what to do with his life. He’s growing up. Things have changed between him and his mother, and between him and Inspector Singh. The future looks strangely positive. Then calamity strikes.
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