Two young outsiders - Bron, a jaded musician unworldly and luckless, and Dan, a semi-reformed criminal secretive and haunted - are brought together by a chance encounter and drawn by kinship of character, desperation and music into each other’s worlds. Between them on Dan’s council estate comes the beautiful but troubled Cal, to Bron a songbird and daydream but to Dan a byword for all that he knows comes with her. On their horizon gleams the mirage of being something and someone, but ever closer behind is Dan’s past, inventive in its nemeses and indiscriminate in its prey. ‘An accomplished novel replete with deft writing, memorable characters, sharp dialogue, humour, wisdom and evocative observation... Original, rewarding and moving.’ Matthew Branton (novelist), TLC.
About the author
Brendan Ball spent his formative years as a Prisoner of Conscience in a series of variably educational institutions before leaving a famous seat of learning (for preservation of sanity) to become a Failed Seditionist and Unemployed Poet. He went into financial exile 15 years ago teaching the English language for coins and scraps of bread, but is now a recognised Warlord of Pedagogy in the Moscow area. His first novel, 'Thieves in the Night', was published in 2014, and a themed triptych of short stories, 'Savages', in 2015. A further novel, 'The Cretin Gene', a satire on nationalism, is published on 23rd June (UK "Independence Day") 2018.
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