The Gifted, the Talented and Me


Sam is straightforward, ordinary and happy. This changes when his family’s good fortune results in a move from suburbia to a an affluent London address. Suddenly the goal posts (if there ever were any) have shifted. Sam has no parameters but the opportunity to find himself, release his inner creativity, be who he is. Yet Sam has always been who he is. Why isn’t it enough, suddenly?

While his older brother and younger sister flourish, and her mother is busy finding her true vocation, Sam is floundering. The North London Academy for the Gifted appears to offer no resistance, yet its notions are contrary to all that Sam knows and has thrived within. Then there’s the girls, the boys, the teachers…. How can Sam find a place? This is the hilarious, truth-telling, hair pulling root of ‘The Gifted, the Talented and Me.’ Bookwagon recommends this laugh-out-loud, hold the hanky title highly to its older readers.


The Gifted, the Talented and Me

William Sutcliffe


What happens when your family moves from its perfectly ordinary, football playing life in suburbia to the affluent city?  Are you in a straightforward stranglehold? Will you sink or swim? Is your destiny to tour the school grounds, friendless, forever?
Sam is out of his depth at the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented.  How can he find his place in his family and at a school with no parameters (and no football)?  ‘The Gifted, the Talented and Me‘ is a very funny, relevant and thoughtful story about growing up and finding a voice (through a monster mask).


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