Jonathan Barnes

Gollancz

The Somnambulist

Jonathan Barnes
Authors:
Jonathan Barnes

'Be warned. This book has no literary merit whatsoever. It is a lurid piece of nonsense, convoluted, implausible, peopled by unconvincing characters, written in drearily pedestrian prose, frequently ridiculous and wilfully bizarre. Needless to say, I doubt you'll believe a word of it.'So starts the extraordinary tale of Edward Moon, detective, his silent sidekick the Somnambulist and a devilish plot to recreate the apocalyptic prophecies of William Blake and bring the British Empire crashing down.With a gallery of vividly grotesque characters, a richly evoked setting and a playful highly literate style this is an amazingly readable literary fantasy and a brilliant debut.

Gollancz

The Domino Men

Jonathan Barnes
Authors:
Jonathan Barnes

A young man discovers a manuscript and so begins a bizarre tale that brings together his grandfather, every conspiracy theory you've ever heard about the royal family and the true story about where the power of Number 10 really lies.Readers of The Somnambulist may well recoginise the characters kept within a chalk circle in a cellar beneath Downing Street.With a gallery of vividly grotesque characters, a gleefully satiric take on modern life and a playful and highly literate style, this is an amazingly readable literary fantasy.In his sequel to the crazed Victoriana of The Somnambulist Jonathan Barnes brings his invention, reality, grotesquerie and curiosities bang-up-to-date.

Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes graduated from Oxford University with a First in English Literature. He is a remarkable new novelist, and a brilliant, quirky writer, who lives and works in London and is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement.