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Ostrich

(2013)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
A brilliant and moving coming-of-age story in the tradition of Wonder by R. J. Palacio and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon - this debut novel is written with tremendous humor and charm.

This is Alex's story. But he doesn't know exactly what it's about yet, so you probably shouldn't either.

Instead, here are some things that it's sort of about (but not really):

It's sort of (but not really) about brain surgery.

It's sort of (but not really) about a hamster named Jaws 2 (after the original Jaws (who died), not the movie Jaws 2).

It's sort of (but actually quite a lot) about Alex's parents.

It's sort of (but not really) about feeling ostrichized (which is a better word for excluded [because ostriches can't fly so they often feel left out]).

It's sort of (but not really [but actually, the more you think about it, kind of a lot]) about empathy (which is like sympathy only better), and also love and trust and fate and time and quantum mechanics and friendship and exams and growing up.

And it's also sort of about courage. Because sometimes it actually takes quite a lot of it to bury your head in the sand.

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Hardback Editions

September 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
ISBN: 0-297-86952-3 / 978-0-297-86952-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Paperback Editions

January 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
ISBN: 1-78022-515-6 / 978-1-78022-515-9 (UK edition)
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September 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
ISBN: 0-297-86953-1 / 978-0-297-86953-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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August 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ostrich: A Novel
Author(s): Matt Greene
ISBN: 0-345-54521-4 / 978-0-345-54521-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

July 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
Publisher: Jammer Audio
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July 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
Publisher: Jammer Audio
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July 2014 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
ISBN: 1-4712-7082-3 / 978-1-4712-7082-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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September 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
ISBN: 0-8041-2750-6 / 978-0-8041-2750-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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August 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ostrich: A Novel
Author(s): Matt Greene
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ostrich: A Novel
Author(s): Matt Greene
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ostrich
Author(s): Matt Greene
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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August 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ostrich: A Novel
Author(s): Matt Greene
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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