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The Infinite Powers of Adam Gowers

A Young Adult comic fantasy novel, about a teenage boy who is granted an infinite number of wishes - by Brandon Robshaw

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The Synopsis

Adam Gowers has problems. He is desperately in love with a girl who doesn’t fancy him in the slightest; he’s gone and got himself booked in for a fight with the hardest kid in the school; he’s worried about failing all his GCSEs; his parents can barely stand the sight of each other. And then one day he is granted an infinite number of wishes by a genie who conveniently pops out of a lamp. Infinite! An infinite number of wishes! Effectively he has become a god. Except that he doesn’t really have the skill-set to go with the god-like powers…

The Infinite Powers of Adam Gowers is as funny as The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole; as full of ideas as The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy; and as sweet and easy to read as Nick Hornby’s Slam.

These days, all YA novels are ‘edgy’. Either they’re bleak slabs of social realism or dystopian visions of the future. The Infinite Powers of Adam Gowers is that rare thing: a teenage novel that makes you laugh rather than wince.

The Excerpt

The lamp seemed to sort of twitch in my hands, like it was alive, or like there was something alive inside it. Then a wisp of smoke curled out of the spout, and then the wisp grew into a great big massive column of black smoke. Then the column kind of formed and solidified into the shape of a great big massive enormous genie.

At this point, you must be thinking, Yeah, right. And I don't blame you. Cause that's what I thought, too. A genie. Yeah, right. I mean, reality check, or what? I've never believed in crap like that. There's kids at my school who'll swallow anything - like they believe in ghosts and horoscopes and UFOs and alien abductions and men in black and the Illuminati and God knows what else, anything as long as it's weird. But I've never been like that. I just believe in stuff you can prove, stuff you can see. But the trouble was, I could see this genie. I didn't wanna believe it, but I couldn't deny it - he was there, hanging in the air in front of me, with his feet a couple of inches off the floor and his turban brushing the ceiling, lit up in the torch beam from my phone. He was wearing baggy trousers of purple silk and those kinda Turkish shoes that curl up at the ends. His moustache curled up at the ends, too. His chest was bare and brown with an impressive set of pecs. Like, he was built. Ripped. You wouldn't wanna get in a fight with him. Steve Renwick wouldn't have stood a chance. No one would. You wouldn't bet on the Incredible Hulk with Iron Man and the Mighty Thor backing him up against this guy.

So, the genie was like, 'I am the genie of the lamp!'

I was like, 'Right.' Then I go, 'You speak very good English.' This was a moronic thing to say, I know, but I was pretty much in a state of severe shock.

'I speak all languages. You have released me from the lamp. What is your wish?'

'Er - wish? Wodjer mean, wish?'

'Your wish is my command.'

'Oh, right.'

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The Author

Brandon Robshaw is the author of 21 children’s novels and over 60 educational books. His most recent children’s novel, The Big Wish, was published by Chicken House in 2015. It was shortlisted for the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2016

Brandon is also a freelance journalist and used to be a regular book reviewer for the Independent on Sunday. He lectures in Creative Writing, Children’s Literature, and Philosophy for the Open University, and Writing for Children for Westminster University; he has a degree in English Literature and an MA in Philosophy, and is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy with the Open University. He enjoys running; plays the ukulele a little bit and the piano an even littler bit. He blogs about the state of the English language from a liberal pedant’s perspective

Brandon may also be familiar as the dad in the BBC television programme Back in Time for Dinner, a 6-part series about the history of food in Britain from the 1950s to the present-day. The first series ran from 17th March to 21 April 2015 on BBC2. The follow-up series, Back in Time for Christmas, went out in December 2015 and 2016. The latest series, Further Back in Time, is broadcast weekly on BBC2 from 24 January 2017.

brandonrobshaw.wordpress.com
@BrandonRobshaw

Questions & Answers

Brendon

Just a note to say how much my wife Lynne and I are enjoying Back in Time...you guys are pretty courageous doing this, but I suspect all of you are growing through this process.

As one author to another - just published my 43rd non fiction book (I have the addiction too) - I am supporting you in this project, despite the George Formby.

Take care

Stephen Murgatroyd
Murgatroydstephen@gmail.com

Brandon Robshaw Brandon Robshaw replied:

Hi Stephen - great to hear from you. Thanks so much for your support. And I'll really glad you enjoy the show. Yes, it has been a great learning experience for us all. Good luck with your writing career! Best wishes Brandon

The Rewards

All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include immediate access to the author's shed.

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E-book edition and your name in the back of the book
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1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
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$45
Collectable
Signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
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Adam Gowers and The Big Wish
Signed 1st edition hardback, hardback copy of Brandon’s last book, The Big Wish, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
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Cover Art Print
An A4 fine art giclee art print of the cover art work, plus a signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
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Be A Genie
Send us a picture of yourself dressed as a genie and feature on a special montage page in the book, plus a signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
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Name A Character
Immortalise yourself or a loved one by naming a character in the book, plus a signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
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Back in Time for Dinner Recipe Cards
Collection of laminated recipes from Back in Time for Dinner (10 postcard sized), plus signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
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Creative Writing for Children Workshop
A 3-hour workshop for up to 10 budding children’s authors. Brandon teaches a module in Writing for Children at the University of Westminster, and over the years has taught many, many creative writing workshops. Plus signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
$440
Your Favourite Dinner From Back in Time for Dinner
Brandon and his wife Rochelle will come to your house and recreate one of your favourite meals from either series of Back in Time for Dinner, plus signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book. (Expenses not included.)