“You don’t get many debut novelists in their twenties,” Bowne says in a brief promo clip to accompany his debut novel, Cows Can’t Jump – a foolhardy choice if this primary piece is something to go by. What began as a brief story conjured up in his scholar halls to be submitted as a part of a dissertation, CCJ has taken form through the years right into a near-300 web page gem and winner of the Spotlight First Novel Prize which is nearly not possible to place down – a feat Bowne himself admits is “a dream come true”.
Starting in Cheltenham within the pre-COVID period the place the one factor dominating headspace is Brexit – thank God that is ove… wait a minute – Cows Can’t Jump takes readers on an almighty European street journey with unfortunate in love Billy.
A teen inflicted with all of life’s typical obstacles, Billy’s dead-end job, luck with ladies, and life as a complete, appears en path to reaching its designated uninteresting climax.
That is till he comes throughout Eva, an older woman from Switzerland he joins forces with whereas the pair work at their summer time college.
Just as many teen love tales earlier than them, their romance seems destined to fizzle out together with the summer time months – however Cows Can’t Jump does not go away their story there.
Suffering a painful house life together with his Brexiteer and Anthony Joshua-wannabe father in addition to his Real Housewives of Gloucestershire mom, Billy has had sufficient.
He packs up his new job on the graveyard together with his older and brutish “grave-digging Russian Doll” colleagues and believes a life with Eva lies forward.
Our protagonist dangers all the things to be together with his soulmate, and even only for the prospect to spend a night along with her.
What ensues is a heartening, witty and, at instances, daunting story which ends up in as a lot introspection for the reader because it does for Billy.
For a debut novel, Bowne appears to have a pure nack for creating intriguing characters that might usually bestow bookshelf regulars.
While Billy takes centre stage, Bowne’s journey throughout Europe paves the way in which for a variety of others to poke their heads in – every including their very own aspect to the story.
Whether it’s a bloated Croatian prepare conductor or Police Constable World (PC World), nothing appears accidentally in Bowne’s prose.
And whereas Cows could not have the ability to soar, this debut is sure to ship Bowne leaping, hurtling and somersaulting into the drama style with fairly the touchdown.
So the distinctive title, why? Bowne explains he grew “bored” of the dearth of creativeness at the moment sprawled throughout the bookshelves of Waterstones.
“I was submitting it with a few different titles,” the 26-year-old begins to elucidate in his introduction video – the primary on his newly launched YouTube web page.
He provides: “One was Chasing Eva. Leaving Europe. When I changed it to Cows Can’t Jump it seemed to get a lot more interest, which is funny I thought.”
The identify itself is a nod to Billy’s escapades throughout Europe which see him present a serving to hand to an ailing farmer whose cattle used to mysteriously vanish.
Bowne indicators off: “I’m fairly bored of seeing books which can be referred to as like ‘The Girl within the Window’,
“‘The Girl Watching Netflix‘, they’re all simply referred to as ‘The Girl’ doing one thing.
“So I thought I’d just try and do something a bit different.”
Well a bit of completely different goes alongside away in a formidable debut which is able to go away many eager to see what else lies forward for this younger author.
Cows Can’t Jump is launched on Thursday, September 24 and is out there to buy on Amazon.