award: Awesome Indies: APPROVED
author: Huw Thomas
publisher: Engine House Press
From stealing cigarettes to an armed raid on a security firm… from saving drowning dogs to snatching an opera diva’s tiara, ‘Findo Gask’ tells the story of a rollercoaster life in the underbelly of modern Britain. It’s also the story of a lonely boy trying to find love and earn respect from the few people that he does trust. Findo Gask is born into poverty. His mother is a drug addict and he grows up surrounded by the worst kind of underworld lowlifes. But Findo is someone special and determined to make sure his name isn’t forgotten. Growing up as an unregistered child with no official identity, Findo learns early on how to keep his head down, slip in and out of places unobserved, and run from trouble - perfect talents for a thief. Initially, Findo steals to survive but - as he gets older and his exploits more audacious - theft becomes a form of self-expression, a way of asserting his identity and shouting out his name to anyone who will listen… including Abby McGee, the girl who steals his heart. ‘The Tale Of Findo Gask’ is a story about a boy with no official identity but a burning desire to prove himself; someone who does what others would love to do if they had no morals… or weren’t frightened of getting caught.