A Young Adult comic fantasy novel, about a teenage boy who is granted an infinite number of wishes -
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 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.'
Thursday, 9 August 2018
Hi there, dear supporters
The book has been out for a couple of weeks now and most people should have received their copy. If you have not, it might be time to get in touch with Unbound and ask what the hold-up is!
If you have got your copy, I do hope you have enjoyed/are enjoying/will enjoy reading it. A few people have been kind enough to get in touch personally with positive feedbakc and…
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Dear noble, sweet, generous friends
I have momentous news! You might have noticed that pledges for Adam Gowers have started to tail away. After nine months of funding, we are almost halfway, but at the rate the pledges are now coming in - fewer than one a week, recently - the book would take a very, very long time to fund completely. It has therefore been suggested to me by my editor at Unbound…
45% - nearly halfway
Friday, 11 August 2017
Hello, dear supporters. We've just reached 45%, so I am marking this milestone with another extract. Just a short one: this scene occurs very near the beginning of the book (before Adam has his wishes), when he is walking to school with his best friend Dirk, and realises for the first time that he fancies Natalie Forbes.
We are so close to the halfway point now! If it's at all possible to persuade…
A fly on the wall
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
We have reached 40%, everybody! Many thanks for playing your part in that. To celebrate I am putting up another extract from the book. This part occurs at a point when Adam has already been rejected once by the love of his life Natalie. Of course he could just use his wishes to make her love him, but he doesn't want to do that; he wants her to love him of her own free will, which is of course the…
A Mountain Ledge
Sunday, 2 July 2017
Hello, noble supporters. We are now on 39%. With just a little effort we can get up to 40% - which to me will feel like reaching a ledge during the climbing of Everest, where one can rest and gasp for air for a while, and contemplate the rest of the ascent. Could you all see if you can persuade a friend to make a small pledge, so I can get up on to that ledge?
This reminds me of a piece of doggerel…
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Hello, noble supporters. This is to let you know that I will be giving a short talk and reading (very short - 5 mins) at Waterstone's in Gower Street, London on Monday evening (26th) at 6.30; and you are all most welcome! Tickets are £6 but you get a glass of wine (and you'd probably pay £6 for a glass of wine anyway in central London) - plus you get a £5 voucher which you can pledge towards an Unbound…
Monday, 5 June 2017
We have now reached 37%, which is great - thanks to all of you for getting it up to this level. This may not be the beginning of the end, but it is certainly the end of the beginning, as Churchill said. If you have any friends who might be interested - particularly those with teenage children - see if you can get them to pledge too. When we hit 40% I will post another extract (a really good one about…
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
My dear Supporters - we are now at 35% - which is not bad at all, but we've been parked there for a week. If you know anyone who might be willing to join us and push this on, that would be wonderful! As soon as we get to 40% I am going to post another extract. It's a really good one - the bit where Adam is a fly on the wall...
Events in Natalie's bedroom
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Dear Supporters - I'm delighted to report that we have reached 30% of our target, so thanks very much to all of you. To celebrate this milestone I'm putting up another extract from the book, as promised. The previous extract, you may recall, was about how Adam wished that Natalie Forbes would fall in love with him; and she did; and they played tennis in the park and then she asked him back to her…
When Barbie Met Action Man
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Dear supporters - well, it looks as though we have been evicted from our Shed. Or rather the Shed has been dismantled around us and we are left standing about in the open. (For new supporters, I should explain that until a couple of weeks ago we had a virtual meeting place called the Shed; since then Unbound have redesigned the website and the Shed has gone.)
Never mind! I can still send updates…
Tennis in the park
Monday, 6 March 2017
I am delighted to announce that we have now reached 20%! Thanks to all 79 of you for your generous contributions. As promised, I'm posting another extract from the book. This scene occurs shortly after Adam has got his wishes - he has wished that Natalie Forbes would be madly in love with him, and now he's on his way to meet her for a game of tennis in the local park. (He's also wished for a brand…
Episode 6 quiz
Monday, 27 February 2017
And so, dear Shed-Dwellers, to our final Further Back in Time for Dinner question. In the 21st century, what flavour chocolate does Fred find unacceptable? As usual the first correct answerer gets to rule the Shed for the next week. Our current rulers are King Nicholas and Queen Annie; anyone think they can take the crown from them?
By the way we are now up to 18% of our target. When we reach…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Hi, Shed-dwellers! Here is the question for tonight's episode of Further Back in Time for Dinner: what kind of pie do we eat in the Anderson shelter? As usual the first correct answerer gets to be monarch of the Shed for the next week.
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Here's the quiz question for the 1930s episode of Further Back in Time for Dinner: what do I say is the only thing our picnic needs? As usual the winner is entitled to call themselves King or Queen of the Shed for a week. By the way we must thank Queen Marnie for her peaceful, stable and prosperous reign!
Further Back in Time for Dinner Quiz Question
Monday, 6 February 2017
Tomorrow is Episode 3 of FBITFD - the 1920s. Here is the quiz question for tomorrow's episode: what cocktails do Giles and I drink?
Whoever gets this right will be King or Queen of the Shed for the next week. That honour went last week to Annie Tomkins, and I would like to thank her for her wise and beneficent rule. NB: only Shed-dwellers may answer this question!
There are now 52 of us here…
Sunday, 5 February 2017
I must welcome Duncan to the Shed - who was the cameraman on Back in Time for Dinner, Back in Time for Christmas and Further Back in Time for Dinner. If you haven't pledged already, come into the Shed and join him!
'And when I ring the bell...'
Monday, 30 January 2017
Tomorrow episode 2 of Further Back in Time for Dinner goes out on BBC2 at 8 pm, taking in the years 1910-1919. Here's this week's quiz question: Complete this utterance by me: 'And when I ring the bell...'
First correct answerer will be entitled to call themselves King or Queen of the Shed for the coming week.
By the way there are now 45 of us Sheddies and the total stands at 11%. Tell your…
Another little bit
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Greetings, shed-dwellers - there are now 40 of us in here and we've now reached 10% of the total, and I'd like to thank you all for getting us this far. I said that when we reached 10% I'd provide another extract from the book, and so here it is. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if animals could talk? Of course; we all have. This extract occurs shortly after Adam has acquired his infinite…
Further Back in Time for Dinner
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Greetings, shed-dwellers! There are now 35 of you - welcome to recent arrivals Pierre, Dan and Isabel. If you could nudge all your friends to pledge then we can get them in here too. Tell them how great it is in the shed.
You may be interested to know that next week Further Back in Time for Dinner begins. Tune into BBC2 at 9pm on Tuesday (24th) for the first episode (of 6) and you will see me…
Two major milestones
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Two major milestones were reached today: we've now raised over a thousand pounds, and we've now got 8% of the total required. When we get to 10%, as I promised earlier, I'll post another short excerpt from The Infinite Powers of Adam Gowers here in the Shed.
And when we finally reach the total we will have a fantastic party, to which you will all be invited. A real one, not a virtual one.…
Sweets to eat
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Yay! Another contribution has come in - thanks to Alison there - and as I promised, here is a poem about sweets. It has absolutely nothing to do with The Infinite Powers of Adam Gowers; it's just a bit of doggerel I wrote for fun, but I thought it would entertain us as we wait for more people to join us in the Shed.
SWEETS TO EAT
There was Herbert with his sherbet,
there was Molly with her…
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
I just thought I should explain that the reason my name appears as one of my own supporters is that my old friend from the OU, Margaret Lucille Kekewich, supported the project in the old-fashioned way by sending me a cheque; so I paid it into my account and then transferred the amount, and the system credited me as the pledger. But really Lucille is here, with us, in the Shed.
By the way, the…
The shed population increases
Sunday, 15 January 2017
There are now 27 supporters in the shed. It's great in the shed. If you're not inside already, come in and join us! We've now raised over 6% of the total.
One of the perks of being in the shed - in addition to being a part of this warm and cuddly community - is that you get to ask me questions about the book, the project or anything else. So far nobody has, though. So if anybody does have any…
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Things are looking good - there are now 18 of you wonderful pledgers and we've raised over 4% of the total. When we get to 10% I'm going to put up another extract, which only us shed-dwellers will get to see!
Thanks for your support.
Saturday, 7 January 2017
Overnight three more people have pledged - thanks very much! One more small pledge will take us up to 2%.
Friday, 6 January 2017
The Infinite Powers of Adam Gowers launched today - and already 6 people have pledged support. I will not embarrass you by naming you here, but you know who you are and I know who you are - thanks! 1% of the target has already been achieved.
I'm really looking forward to watching this project build. This book has been a long time in the making and I can't tell you how much it will mean to me…
These people are helping to fund The Infinite Powers of Adam Gowers.