Funny, moving, exuberantly imaginative, The Incredible Adam Spark is the unforgettable story of a troubled young man who dares to take on the world.
A dazzling performance (think Forrest Gump, think Curious Incident, think Anne Donovan's Buddha Da) from one of Scotland's brightest new talents.
Adam Spark. Eighteen going on eight-and-a-half. Fast-food worker. Queen fan. Last in the queue for luck. On waking from an accident in which he saves a child, he has the distinct impression that all is far from right. What are these curious lights that seem to surround people Why are animals and machines trying to speak to him And can he really control time Is it just his imagination, or has Adam Spark been chosen to become Scotland's first, and only, superhero This, however, is the least of his problems. The local gang is luring him into deeper and darker peril. His sister and lone carer, Jude, is giving all her love to another woman. And if Jude abandons Adam - or Adam drives her away - all the superpowers in the world won't be able to save him.
'Bizarre, hilarious, moving' Big Issue in Scotland; 'Sparky is a terrific character' Sunday Herald; 'Sparky is a virtuoso literary creation... This is a fresh and exciting read' Scotland on Sunday - .
Alan Bissett was born in Falkirk in 1975. His acclaimed first novel, BOYRACERS, published whilst he was still a student, was based on his adolescent experiences growing up there. His ambitious second novel, THE INCREDIBLE ADAM SPARK, was extraordinarily well received and is now being turned into a play. He is a former English teacher and has lectured in Creative Writing at the Universities of Leeds and Glasgow. Alan is now a full-time writer and playwright, and is much in demand as a live performer of his own work. He was recently named 'Falkirk Personality of the Year'.