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The Sunday Times Culture section devoted a whole page to Before I Die by Jenny Downham, a debut young adult novel which, as we reported in April, has been fast-tracked to publication in record time by David Fickling:

Before I Die is the story of Tessa, a 16-year-old with leukaemia who has a to-do list to complete before she dies. Number one is losing her virginity. The rest of the list is no less controversial. As a first novel by an unknown author, Before I Die is also remarkable for the stir it has created among publishers and the speed with which it arrives in bookshops. Downham wrote the final full stop in February; the book will be on sale next month. It was snapped up by David Fickling, whose previous triumphs include publishing most of Philip Pullman�s novels. Foreign rights were sold in 11 languages in two weeks, and the book is tipped to replicate the success of Mark Haddon�s debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime...

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