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Cows Can't Jump


Billy works the ultimate dead-end job as a grave-digger. His Dad ’s obsessed with boxing, his Mum’s having an affair, celebrities keep dying and Britain awaits the EU referendum.

Eva changes everything. She’s passionate about Russian literature, Gary Numan, windfarms and chai tea. Billy gambles everything to be with her.

Authors Biography

Phil studied English Literature and Creative Writing at university. He has repaired boats at Lake Como, housekept at a mountain lodge in California and worked with charity Care4Calais in the former Calais ‘jungle’ refugee camp. Phil now works as a writer for The Wombles, a children’s entertainment brand.


“Bowne’s debut is a triumph…almost impossible to put down.” – Daily Express

“Cows Can’t Jump is lively, it’s funny, its style is bold and fearless. A joy to read.” – The Yorkshire Times

“…leapt out for its boldness, confidence and humour […] a fresh take on the classic rite-of passage.” – Spotlight First Novel Prize

“Sharply observed, well-paced, funny.” – The Literary Shed

“Innovative, punchy and tender. Bowne’s debut is a performance of real originality and extraordinary promise.” – Ray Robinson, author of Electricity

“This book brings comfort in its humour: it asks us to see the world through the eyes of someone we are not.” – Lancashire Times

“Funny, poignant… Looking forward to seeing what Philip Bowne writes next!” – Reader Review

“The switches between the humour and tragedy are unnerving. This makes the novel an absolutely compelling read.” – Reader Review

“This book is modern, funny, tragic and poignant, a stunning debut novel.” – Reader Review

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