Tour: Lily Upshire is Winning

By John Holmes

March 17 – 20

Audio –

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  • Genre:  Young adult fiction; satirical fiction
  • Print length: 372 pages (130K words)
  • Age range: 14+ to adult, but see trigger warnings
  • Trigger warnings: (these are more extensive as it is a young adult book; no adult-level triggers noted)
    • emotional and physical bullying
    • non-injurious deliberate self hurt and off scene reference to mild self harm by a peripheral character
    • touches on teenage sexuality and issues surrounding sexual orientation; mild non-graphic sex scenes as an older teenager;
    • satirical depiction of US big business
    • a dog survives being thrown into a canal
  • Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks) and a limited number of audiobooks
  • Amazon Rating: 5*


A young teenager without parents or siblings, Lily Upshire takes the world on her own terms. When she finds something wrong with her favorite drink, she just wants the big company that made it to say sorry to her. But the adults in her life have other ideas, seeing everything in terms of money. As the company makes ever more extravagant overtures to avoid apologizing to her, she remains unmoved. She’s more concerned with what makes her life miserable: the school bullies, most of her teachers, and the scammers and catfish online. To gain self-confidence she begins boxing lessons. When she realizes her name is more important to the world than she is, she hits upon an idea that changes everything. The once-solid walls of the behemoth corporation slowly begin to melt.

With elements of satire and surrealism, Lily Upshire Is Winning is a coming-of-age novel with a difference.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Immediately I want more. Once into the first few chapters of Lily Upshire is Winning you become automatically invested. Ostensibly, it is about a twelve-year-old girl and, as “luck” might have it, her “winning.” Sub- texturally, it is about so much more. Amazon Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Oh my goodness! What an absolutely delicious read I have stumbled upon here. A buried, unknown gem…This is a book about being a girl in the 21st century, and (like being a girl in the 21st century) it is full of contradictions. It’s funny and surreal and fantastical and over the top. But it’s also gritty and realistic and brilliantly observed….I find it quite impossible to categorise this book. On the surface it is “young adult” though I suspect that both its humour and its pain will be more intensely felt by adults looking back… if I had to choose one book that I’ve read this year “just for pleasure” it would be this. Amazon Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A gorgeous, funny, poignant book about a girl growing up in the age of Instagram and Facebook and catfish and trolls…She’s adorable – quirky, insecure, and feisty. She’s a bit of a dreamer, a bit of a fantasist. She’s no angel – at times she seems pretty much signed up as a “troubled and troubling teen”, but she has an irrepressible resilience that somehow gets her through.
She’s a real winner, and so is the book. Amazon Review

About the Author

Honours Graduate in social sciences; former insurance claims adjuster; member of Crime Writers Association; distinction in freelance articles course with London School of Journalism. Author of 7 books: novels, non-fiction, short stories.




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