From the 2016 recipient of the Astrid Lindgren award and author of international bestseller How I Live Now, National Book Award finalist Picture Me Gone, and most recently Jonathan Unleashed Finn was a beautiful orphan. H was a prep school misfit. On a September afteron many years ago they met on a beach on the coast of England, near the ancient fisherman s hut Finn was squatting in with his woodstove, a case of books, a striped blanket and a cat. H insinuates his way into Finn s life his blazing wood fires and fishing expeditions. Their friendship deepens, offering H the freedom and human connection that has always eluded him. But all too soon the idyll of their relationship is shaken by a heart-wrenching scandal. What I Was is the unforgettable story of H at the end of his life looking back on this friendship, which has shaped and obsessed him for nearly a century.
Meg Rosoff grew up in Boston and worked inadvertising forfifteen years beforewriting her first novel, How I Live Now, which has sold more than one million copies in thirty-six territories.It won the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, the Printz Award, was short-listed for the Orange Prize and made into a film. Her subsequent five novels have been awarded or short-listed for, among others, the Carnegie Medal and the National Book Award. The laureate of the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, shelives in London with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. Her most recent novel is Jonathan Unleashed.