PRAISE FOR DAVID THEWLIS'S PREVIOUS NOVEL: 'Thewlis has taken the turn-of-the-millennium London art scene and eviscerated it and the resulting gore makes for wonderful entertainment... This is a funny and successful satire of the contemporary art world, but at its core, it is a novel about the over-indulged and fragile artist's ego, about insecurity, about the darker layers of human relationships... Hilarious and horror-filled' Francesca Segal, Observer 'Exquisitely written with a warm heart and a wry wit... Stunning' Elle 'A fine study in character disintegration and a very funny satire on the contemporary art world' David Baddiel, The Times 'A queasily entertaining carnival of art and self-destruction' FT 'Thewlis has a driving, spiky prose style and a way with blackly comic scenarios' New Statesman 'Thewlis has an eye for grotesque minutiae and, unsurprisingly for an esteemed actor, a real feel for dialogue and wordplay' The List 'Thewlis...has successfully transferred his talents to the page, displaying a sharp ear for dialogue and a scabrously satiric prose style' Daily Mail '[Thewlis] great debut novel is a wry account of a spoilt middle-man's collapse' InStyle 'This laugh-out-loud, darkly intelligent debut suggests that Thewlis might meet with considerable success should he decide to quit acting and take up the pen full-time... Readers who have mourned the end of Sue Townsend's wonderful, long-running Adrian Mole series will find solace of a sort here, as will anyone who enjoys a thought-provoking skewering of modern art by a knowledgeable writer and an inescapably doomed but appealing hero' Publishers Weekly 'This is far more than an actor's vanity project: Thewlis has talent' Kirkus 'David Thewlis has written an extraordinarily good novel, which is not only brilliant in its own right, but stands proudly beside his work as an actor, no mean boast' Billy Connolly 'I laughed and laughed until I read my own name amongst the carnage of Thewlis's unfortunate characters. This book is a disgrace - it's mean, cruel and refreshingly cynical' Jake Chapman
A riotously good novel, witty and earnest, brimming with sharply drawn characters and creeping suspense. David Thewlis is a fabulous writer.