The Many Worlds of Albie Bright


I read ‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright‘ in one sitting. I needed to know what Albie would find as he developed his experiment into quantum physics and parallel universes to discover his mother’s whereabouts. Heaven? Dust? Albie doesn’t rest on the science facts of his father, the assurances of Grandad Joe, or the words spoken in St. Thomas’ Church during his mother’s funeral service.

I will never disregard next-door’s grumpy cat or the potential of bananas. My only complaint about this book is the prospect of zillions of Victoria Barnes within a multitude of universes….

‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright‘ is a unique story of truths and uncertainties, humour and warmth. It is heartily recommended to readers who don’t just accept the given, but dare to question.

Nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal; winner of the Brilliant Book Award; longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2017 and the Amazing Book Awards.


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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

Christopher Edge

(Nosy Crow)

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright is engaging, warm, inventive, heartening and truly fascinating. Will Albie discover his mother? It seems that the words he hears at St Thomas’ Church offer little inspiration or direction. Then again, his father, like his mother, is a scientist. Thereafter, when he mentions Albie’s mother being with them, in ‘a parallel universe’ it sets Albie’s mind whirring. So his mother is reachable? How might this be done? It seems that there’s a Quantum Banana Theory to be enacted. Therefore, a box, an old banana, possibly a Schrodinger’s cat consideration? Albie’s actions are a way of directing his grief, the very absence of his mother.
Bookwagon asserts that readers should be prepared to be sucked into a whirlwind of wonder and emotion during Albie’s search. It feels, from the idea to the preparation, to the action, that we are willing Albie’s success, while feeling such a need to comfort and protect. However, we’re also fascinated and admiring of his planning and invention. Then again, we know that Christopher Edge is rooted in the role of science and discovery within his wonderful writing, as we experience through further titles like The Jamie Drake Equation and The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day. Thereafter, Bookwagon loves, admires and recommends this title highly to all our readers.



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