BEFORE I DIE By Jenny Downham Published by David Fickling Books on 5th July 2007 9780385613460/ £10.99 Hardback Ages: 12+ Tessa is sixteen. Time isn’t exactly on her side, and she’s still got an awful lot of living to do… An intensely moving and uncompromisingly honest story, told in the words of a 16-year- old girl who is dying of leukaemia, Jenny Downham’s stark and poetic tale is both beautifully written and unstoppably readable. The talk of the London Book Fair and the Bologna book fair - acquired in the Spring and publishing in July 2007, BEFORE I DIE already has no less than eleven language editions sold with further deals under negotiation. Tessa has just a few months to live… Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs wit h excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is sex. Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa's feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out. BEFORE I DIE is a brilliantly-crafted novel, heartbreaking yet astonishingly life-affirming. It will take you to the very edge. “A skilful writer, beautiful but incredibly sad… a very special book… I really hope that this book does get the recognition it deserves.” – Angie Crawford, Waterstone’s About the author: Jenny Downham was an actress for many years before concentrating on her writing full- time. She lives in London with her two sons. * See David Fickling’s editor’s note on the first page of the enclosed bound proof. For further information, or a review copy, please contact Nina Douglas on 020 8231 6740, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.