By the Booker-shortlisted author of Astonishing Splashes of Colour, a wry, poignant novel about a man trying to escape his fame as the boy in his mother's bestselling books.
Clare Morrall's first novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was published by Tindal Street Press in 2003 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has since published three novels: NATURAL FLIGHTS OF THE HUMAN MIND, THE LANGUAGE OF OTHERS and THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED. Born in Exeter, she now lives in Birmingham where she works as a music teacher, and has two grown-up children.
The storyline is well-crafted, but what distinguishes this novel is its terrific cast, with vividly drawn principals and bit-parts alike - truly impressive and really enjoyable. - Harry Ritchie, Daily Mailwell-tempered and charming... Morrall's language is clear, simple and precise, much like a children's story itself, so that the effect is as if you are returning to those simpler days of storytelling at your parents' feet. But, as she makes clear, they were never that simple....[she] discusses the blurring of fiction and reality with a sapient, often sorrowful humour. - Philip Womack, TelegraphMorrall has always excelled at portraying individuals who are out of kilter with the world and critical of it...The fundamental mystery of the artistic imagination is one of the threads that run through Morrall's novel, along with its destructive effects on those in proximity to the artist and the extent to which every life is fictional...Best of all is the portrait of the hapless Quinn. Despite his glamorous back story, he has no outstanding qualities yet is quietly fascinating. - Suzi Feay, Literary ReviewMorrall's fictional eye is set firmly on the quirks of the individual. It is an approach that has served her brilliantly...And Quinn fits the mould wonderfully. Morrall writes with poise and delicacy, and her subjects are delightfully offbeat. - Lucy A