An idiosyncratic and fascinating novel... refreshingly contemporary in language and style
Breathtakingly unpredictable... the writing is perfectly assured and elegant
Scarlett Thomas, Guardian
He turns people inside out, detailing their quirks and vulnerabilities with engaging perceptiveness
From the Same Author
From the same fictional world as his forthcoming novel Hawthorn & Child, Keith Ridgway gives us a self-contained story about the danger of stories. A novelist that no one reads, Clive Drayton has decided to set aside literary fiction and write a bestseller. Easy, right? But there are choices to be made. What sort of story should it be? A thriller, of course. About a convoluted and compelling terrorist plot, and the copper who must stop it. And the target? Well, it’s London, it’s 2012 – what do you think the target is? What could possibly go wrong? Ridgway gives us a comic and cautionary tale about a man who tries to make it all up, and about the risk of being believed.