Told with Kathy Lette's razor-sharp wit, this is a funny, quirky and tender story of a mother's love for her son – and of a love affair that has no chance of running smoothly.
Meet Merlin. He's Julia's bright, beautiful son – who just happens to be autistic. Since Merlin's father, the reserved, cerebral workaholic Jeremy, left them in the lurch shortly after Merlin's diagnosis, Julia has made Merlin the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her adorable yet challenging son, Julia doesn't have room for any other man in her life... so why bother trying to find one?
When Julia realises she's becoming increasingly cynical about life in general, she finally resolves to dip a toe back into the world of dating. Things don't go quite to plan, yet just as Julia is resolved to a life of singledom once more, the most imperfectly perfect man for her and her son lands on her doorstep. But then, so does Jeremy, begging for forgiveness and a second chance...
“The Boy Who Fell to Earth is an engaging novel about the love between a mother and son....as good as anything Lette has written.”
“Kathy Lette can make even the toughest subjects funny. Romance and the more difficult shores of parenthood meld easily in this tender portrait of a deeply connected mother and son. Don't miss out on Lette's best book to date.”
“A rather searing read...While this is a departure for Lette, best known for pun-tastic romantic comedies, she's managed to weld all this darkness to her usual glittering style with surprising success.”
Wendy Holden, Daily Mail