Colour Me In (Paperback)

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FIX ME. DRAW ME WHOLE. COLOUR ME IN. "A dream of a novel"Buzz feed

"Dark, vivid and totally original. I loved it." Lisa Williamson, author of The Art of Being Normal
"Remember the name Lydia Ruffles" Stylist

The Catcher in the Rye meets Turtles All the Way Down

Nineteen-year-old actor Arlo likes nothing more than howling across the skyline with best friend Luke.

But when something irreparable happens and familiar black weeds start to crawl inside him, Arlo flees to the other side of the world, taking only a sketchbook full of maps.

There, he meets fellow traveller Mizuki and they decide to get lost together. But how far can you run before you lose yourself completely?

About the Author

Lydia Ruffles is the acclaimed author of The Taste of Blue Light and Colour Me In. She also writes and talks about creativity and mental health for media ranging from Buzzfeed to Woman's Hour. Lydia is a graduate of the Faber Academy and is based in London.

Find her on Twitter and Instagram @lydiaruffles and on Tumblr at

Praise For…

It's such a wonderful story, so beautifully written, and so hard-hitting. Lydia Ruffles is now right up there with my favourite authors, and one whose novels I will now auto-buyOnce Upon A Bookcase blog

A new offering from the bright young author of The Taste of Blue Light...this brave and pertinent book takes readers to the most unexpected places...this is artful, itinerant teen angst rooted in travel

National Geographic Traveller

A dream of a novel

A startling portrayal of what it means to be young and will love this
Book Bag

This is a sophisticated read and particularly impressive in its portrayal of the inner lives of young, hurting men
The Irish Times

With shades of Catcher In The Rye and the otherworldly feel of the film Lost In Translation, there is plenty to keep you enthralled
DARE magazine

You do not want to miss this novel about growing up, losing yourself, and trying to find your way back again

Product Details
ISBN: 9781444937688
ISBN-10: 1444937685
Publisher: Hachette Children's
Publication Date: August 4th, 2020
Pages: 320