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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
Born 1982 (age 35–36)
Swineshead, Lincolnshire
Occupation Writer
Nationality English
Genre Novels
Notable awards Waterstones 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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