Everything in Taliesin Jones' life has suddenly become uncertain. His mother has left home with her hairdresser, his father talks to the wall, and his brother won't talk at all. At school, Julie Dyer blows confusing smoke rings at him and Hoop the Mental says there is no God. When Taliesin tries to find this out for sure, no one seems to have the answer - no one except Billy Evans, an old man with an exceptional and miraculous talent.
This touching, funny and poetic first novel which won three literary prizes has now been made into a major feature film starring Jonathan Pryce, Griff Rhys Jones, Geraldine James and Ian Bannen.