The A to Z of You and Me

James Hannah (Author)


"Beautifully constructed and hugely moving. Deserves to be a smash hit."--Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart

The A to Z game. For Ivo, it's a way to pass the time, a way to avoid the pain, and a way to think about what really got him here.

His hospice nurse suggested it. Think of a body part for each letter, and think of memories connected to each one. And so begins the revealing of his misspent life: the terrible teenage choices, friendships made and cracked, love he'll never get back. He remembers the girl who tried to help him, the friend who wouldn't let her, and the sickness that chases him even now. Refreshing and thought-provoking, The A to Z of You and Me shows the raw unraveling of a life lived loud and hard.

All our choices have consequences. But what happens after?

"Compassionate."--The Independent
"Wonderfully quirky and contemporary."--The Guardian
"Devastating."--Sunday Times

Product Details

Sourcebooks Landmark
Publish Date
May 03, 2016
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

James Hannah has an MA in Samuel Beckett studies and The A to Z of You and Me is his debut novel. He also sings and plays guitar and drums in various bands with friends. He lives in Shropshire with his family.


"Spare, poignant, and with a quirky charm all of its own, it reminds us how kind people can be." - Rachel Joyce, New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
"Hannah's debut is a humor-filled tear-at-the-heartstrings story... the urge to hug and simultaneously shake Ivo for the poor decisions he makes, and for the way he learns, loves, and forgives make this expertly crafted story a winner." - Publishers Weekly
"An affecting debut... Hannah proves himself a worthy inheritor of the lip-trembling English tradition... Hannah's debut is an excellent example of that genre of sophisticated and sentimental fiction in which the terrible perplexities of life are teased into pleasing fictional shape" - Guardian
"Beautifully constructed and hugely moving. Deserves to be a smash hit!" - Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart
"Ivo's tale may resonate with readers of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry... this debut novel rings with an unsparing clarity and ultimate honesty." - Library Journal