John Young
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cover image for The Farewell Tour of the Terminal Optimist

John Young Author

John Young author

John Young is a writer who is originally from Belfast and lives in Edinburgh. A former lawyer, he helped to found The Teapot Trust, a children's art therapy charity, with his wife Laura. He was a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award winner in 2013.

Recent Press Articles

Boswell Book Festival 15th June 2021

The John Toal Show 6th April 2019

Daily Record December 2017 - The future's write

Belfast Telegraph Article - "Verity loved mischief... her diagnosis and death was a real shock, completely devastating - it changed how I think about everything"

ScotLitFest Virtual Book Festival - "Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist - A Chat with John Young"

Evening Times Article - "Dad writes bold new novel based on stories he wrote before cancer-stricken daughter passed away"

ScotLitFest Virtual Book Festival - "Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist - A Chat with John Young"

Bookwitch Review - "Bookwitch Review 18th September 2017"

The John Toal Show Interview with John Young - "John Young talks about the Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist"

Review of the Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist by Books Over Humans - "Books Over Humans Review"

Review of the Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist by Lisa Talks About.. - "Lisa Talks About... Review"

The Reader's Corner -YA Month - John Young "John Young talks about Young Adult Literature"

Little Blog of Library Treasures "Boook Review of the Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist"

Farewell Tour long-listed as one of 20 finalists for the Brandford Boase Award

Runner up in Cheshire Schools Book awards - 
Shortlisted for the Southern Schools Book Awards
Long listed for Bramford Boase Award

Announcement Scottish Teenage Book Prize Winner

Brilliant Scottish Book Trust video trailer winner Sophie McIntosh from St Joseph's Academy Ayrshire

Winner Scottish Teenage Book Prize  -





The Strange Morality of Robins and Ravens

Seventeen year old Paolo Black takes over a pie shop cooking Edinburgh corpses to contain a virulent fungal bloom that could wipe out humanity. It sounds like a cross between Sweeney Todd and Walking Dead but it’s more reminiscent of End of The F**ing World and Let The Right One In.

The partnership between Paolo and fungi is similar to many natural alliances that are reliant upon each other, though one may be dominant. Rather than follow an unrealistic zombie/vampire fest that would overrun the population, the story envisages this horror threat being slackened by self interest of the threat itself, like a virus that alters to be less deadly in order to ensure its own survival. So a bizarre compromise has been struck between man and mushroom. A bit like swapping morals with morels.

The question is, has Paolo become fungi or fungi become Paolo? Paolo and his girlfriend Marisa are about to find out. The dark tale provides opportunity for humour, moral conundrums, and it climaxes, as Paolo finds release from his tryst, with a celebration on how we are all interconnected.

Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist

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Quick witted, sharp-tongued Connor Lambert won't take it any longer: the bullying, the secrets, the sympathy. He's been dying for years, but he's not dead yet. He's going down fighting.

Forming an unlikely friendship with fellow juvenile delinquent Skeates, the pair stage a break out and set off on a crazy route across Scotland to find Connor's dad, an inmate at Shotts prison. But Connor's left two things behind - the medication he needs to keep him alive, and the girl who makes living bearable.

Dodging the police, joy riding and extreme partying - if Connor's dying, he might as well enjoy one last wild adventure.

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Erin, an impoverished American medical student studying in London, learns of a possible inheritance in Ireland, from an uncle she didn’t know existed. Legacies always have conditions and she soon discovers that conditions can be deadly.

Sandy the Starfish

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Sandy the Starfish

Colourfully illustrated using cartoons, this interactive lift flap book is a must have for anyone with a child under 6 who is having injections and boosters.

The Success of Failure

A short story by John Young about Swimming the English Channel

Hidden (Sometimes you are better off not knowing)

Any number of people had reason to assault Harry Bains but his seventeen year old step son Lorn McGregor is the one in custody, and he needs to get out.

Lorn is helped by school librarian, Nadia, and his friends, to cope with bullying at school and the horrors of his abusive step dad, Harry Bains. An attack on Bains exposes Nadia’s own nefarious background (she was a Russian assassin) and Lorn knows a way to help her and redeem himself but is stuck inside a police station. Think, Killing Eve mixed with Grange Hill.


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Latest Blog: Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist shortlisted for the Cheshire Schools Book Awards!

27th November 2017

Cheshire Schools Book Awards 2018

Not only is Farewell Tour of Terminal Optimist on the shortlist for Cheshire Schools Book Awards - it is off for a reprint already!

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