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A Boy Made of Blocks

A Boy Made of Blocks

The most uplifting novel of 2017

Keith Stuart; read by Gavin Osborn

Macmillan Audio


A Boy Made of Blocks is a funny, heartwarming audiobook about family and love inspired by the author's own experiences with his son

Alex loves his family, and yet he struggles to connect with his eight-year-old autistic son, Sam. The strain has pushed his marriage to the breaking point. So Alex moves in with his merrily irresponsible best friend on the world’s most uncomfortable blow-up bed.

As Alex navigates single life, long-buried family secrets, and part-time fatherhood, his son begins playing Minecraft. Sam’s imagination blossoms and the game opens up a whole new world for father and son to share. Together, they discover that sometimes life must fall apart before you can build a better one.

Inspired by Keith Stuart’s own relationship with his autistic son, A Boy Made of Blocks is a tear-jerking, funny, and, most of all, true-to-life novel about the power of difference and one very special little boy.

Praise for A Boy Made of Blocks

"Funny, expertly plotted and written with enormous heart. Readers who enjoyed The Rosie Project will love A Boy Made of Blocks—I did." —Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

"This is one of those magical books that makes you forget that you are reading. Keith Stuart switches on a light in your mind and illuminates thoughts and ideas that seem to have always been there but were previously unseen. This is an author who understands fatherhood and boyhood and everything in between. A truly beautiful book." —Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend

“A charming and timely tale of learning to connect in the digital age.” Kirkus

"A warm-hearted story about a father struggling to connect with his autistic son. You’ll be rooting for Alex as he struggles to relate to his child, eventually finding a way to connect through the unlikeliest of places: the game Minecraft. A Boy Made of Blocks will make you laugh and cry in equal measure; a book you won’t soon forget." —Brenda Janowitz, author of The Dinner Party


Keith Stuart; read by Gavin Osborn

KEITH STUART is the games editor of the Guardian and a veteran video game journalist who has spent 20 years playing, investigating, and writing about video games and their possibilities. He lives with his family in Somerset, England. A Boy Made of Blocks is his first book.

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Dan Griliopoulous

Keith Stuart

Macmillan Audio

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