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In an alternative universe, quantum physics would be positively easy to understand.

But Peckham author Femi Fadugba is at least taking us part of the way there.

The scientist, who taught himself to write fiction, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2022 in the Books for Older Readers category.

His novel The Upper World, set in Peckham, makes good use of his past studies of how the world up is made up of waves or particles.

Femi said: “Thank you, Waterstones. When I heard that I’d made the 2022 Children’s Book Prize shortlist, it slightly broke my mind (in the best way possible, obviously). I’m just incredibly honoured and excited to be in the mix.

“A massive thanks as well to all the Waterstones booksellers up and down the UK who’ve given the story so much of their love. Cheers!”

Florentyna Martin, Waterstones head of children’s said: “At a time when books are increasingly relied upon to help us navigate an uncertain world, our booksellers have keenly chosen shortlists that inspire readers.

“Offering varied perspectives on themes of belonging and identity, the shortlisted books invite young readers to find comfort in familiar communities, discover engaging new worlds, or adventure to the unknown, all while being guided by unique, life-changing and relatable characters.

“The skill and talent of these writers and illustrators showcases the dynamism of children’s books, and the power of sharing stories.”

His debut novel is about to become a huge franchise including a Netflix film starring Daniel Kaluuya.

It opens up the world of physics to a new generation.

At least 15 publishers bid for the book. It explores London youth culture and gang dynamics alongside the physics of time-travel.

An ice-cream van toured Peckham in August to promote the book, handing out free purple and orange ice-cream to publicise the novel – but playing drill music instead of the typical ice-cream van jingle.

 

 Pictured:  Author Femi Fadugba and his shortlisted book The Upper World (credit Ernest Simons)

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