The First Third

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I want to recommend a funny book, suitable for secondary students. The First Third was written by a young Australian called Will Kostakis. This is his second book. His first book, Loathing Lola, was published when he was nineteen. As well as writing books and working as a freelance journalist, Will runs writing workshops in secondary schools. I was lucky enough to hear him speaking at a recent conference. I was impressed by his sense of humour and the  way he encouraged young writers to reflect on events in their lives and use them as the basis of their writing. As he spoke about his latest novel I couldn’t resist the idea of a Greek grandma’s bucket list and the grandson she entrusts to deliver the requests. The First Third was an insightful and funny look at family and growing up. TRIO recommends both the book and the author.