The Best Medicine
Things aren't going well for Philip Wright. It's not just the detentions or the girl problems that are getting him down. Or the fact that he weighs about the same as a medium-sized dog even though he's practically a teenager. Now his best friend is acting super weird, his mum has stopped laughing at his jokes, and his English teacher thinks Philip is... a poet. When Mum gives him some seriously bad news, Philip looks to his comedy hero, Harry Hill, for an answer. But what if it's impossible to joke his way out of this? The Best Medicine is an unforgettable reminder that laughter is the ultimate remedy.
Funny, moving and strangely empowering in its determination to laugh in the face of the seemingly unbearable, it's hard to believe that it's a first novel. Look, just buy it. You won't regret the decision.The story steers its way through the tricky subject of coping with cancer to great effect. A story that could so easily resort to pathos rises to become a tenacious tale, invested with genuinely funny moments.
Christine Hamill studied English Literature at Queen's University, Belfast. She worked in the arts then trained as a teacher and worked in Spain, England and Northern Ireland. She now lives in Belfast and is a lecturer at a Further Education college where she teaches creative writing. Christine writes books for both adults and children.