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Gavin Extence (born 1982) is an English writer. Extence won the Waterstones 11 literary prize for his first book The Universe Versus Alex Woods (2013). He has a PhD in Film studies, is married, has a daughter and is also a keen chess player.[1][2]

Gavin Extence
Born1982 (age 36–37)
Swineshead, Lincolnshire
Notable awardsWaterstones 11 (2013)

The Universe Versus Alex Woods is Extence's début novel and is "the everyday tale of a teenage science nerd hit by a meteorite who strikes up a friendship with a pot-smoking Vietnam veteran".[3] It is the story of wilful teenager Alex, who acquires a fascination with science and astronomy after being struck by a falling meteorite and going into a coma. After recovering, Alex forms an unusual friendship with an aged, dope-smoking Vietnam vet, the reclusive Mr. Peterson, who is a dedicated aficionado of Kurt Vonnegut.[4][5]

His second book The Mirror World of Melody Black was released in 2015 and follows a young girl's descent into mental illness.


  1. ^ "Gavin Extence". Hodder & Stoughton. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Interview with Gavin Extence". Foyles. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  3. ^ John, Emma (6 January 2013). "Rising Star, Interview with Gavin Extence". The Observer. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  4. ^ Larman, Alexander (17 February 2013). "The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence – review". The Observer. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  5. ^ "The Universe Versus Alex Woods". Hodder & Stoughton. Retrieved 14 June 2017.

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