Tuesday 18 May 2010

"Popular" teaser

As some of you may know, my first novel "Popular" is being published by Puffin (Penguin) in the UK in February 2011. It is supposed to be the first in a series based in a fictional grammar school in Malone, south Belfast - Mount Olivet Grammar School. Today, I received what's called the "cover copy" (i.e. "the blurb") from Sarah Kettle at Puffin, so here's a teaser of what to expect from the back-cover of "Popular"!


MEREDITH HARPER is rich, popular, manipulative and almost unnaturally beautiful. At the age of sixteen, she’s already a social legend.

IMOGEN DAWSON, beautiful and sexy-chic, she’s Meredith’s best friend and a total bombshell. And doesn’t she just know it. Then there’s . . .

KERRY DAVISON, daddy’s little princess with a passion for pink and a penchant for Fabulous Induced Breakdowns. Now meet

CAMERON MATTHEWS, six-feet tall, blue-eyed and the most popular guy in school.

Together they’re unfathomably gorgeous and like, totally beau. But under the glamorous surface of parties and spa-days is a wealth of comforting lies and convenient silences, bitching, break-ups and scandal.

Let the games begin . . .


  1. Congratulations! I am so happy and excited for you, Gareth!!

  2. Wonderfully invidious...

  3. Can't WAIT to read it Gareth - sooooo exciting x Louise

  4. How exciting! Best wishes to its success!

  5. It's an amazing book Gareth, and what an amazing blurb! You should be so proud of what you have achieved - cannot wait to buy my hard-copy soon! :-)


  6. I'm already hooked on these characters! And Gareth - he's brilliant and so thrilled to get a peak inside his head and characters! Love it!
    Laura Schwartz - USA


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