Thieves in the Night
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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.
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Brendan Ball thinks, is; Wonders, commits foolishness Seeking the good fight, Exiled east of home A thousand miles, beyond seas, By current traffic Thirty hours’ drive According to google maps (Roadworks near Berlin), For economic Migrants did not go out with Dustbowl or Windrush. Did you notice the Two syllables on ‘hours’? Proletarian Estuary roots, That would be. They show themselves When least expected And they die harder The older he seems to grow Into history. Unto him there come, Seeking knowledge of the tongue, Entrepreneurs and Would-be emigrants, Programmers, Economists, Children to suffer. Some among them smile, Depart richer than they came (In mind, not pocket), Leave no weariness Behind. Others there be that Causeth pain unto his Ars Amatoria. (Alas, poor Ovid, I read Him once in Latin, His hexameters Beyond the reach of mortals Sadly lost on me; Most helpful, though, in Eluding auto-filters For obscenity.) “A riddle, wrapped in A mystery, inside an Enigma.” Churchill Saw through western eyes, He who also coined that phrase About the curtain; He never lived here To hang any curtains on Iron-barred windows. But families here Are worthy of the name, as He (Ball, not Churchill) Ought to know, being Thirteen years among them, Married thereunto With son and daughter. Sleeping with the enemy? Have to sleep somewhere. The rent is too high In countries successfully Called democratic. This is off the point Perhaps, but if you ever Happen to wonder Whither old Tom Joad, Or Rollo-Holly Martins As the zither plays, Or just what becomes Of Dmitry Karamazov When the curtain falls - He can only tell you That in anything he writes - Well, he wonders too.
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Feb 3, 2016
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Fiction / Literary
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