By Nicola Barker
Shortlisted for the guy Booker Prize, Darkmans is an exciting, striking exam of the ways that background can play jokes on us all... If background is simply a in poor health comic story which retains on repeating itself, then who precisely will be telling it, and why? may or not it's John Scogin, Edward IV's notorious courtroom jester, whose favourite hobby used to be to burn humans alive - for fun? Or may it's Andrew Boarde, Henry VIII's doctor, who kindly wrote John Scogin's biography? Or may perhaps it's a tiny Kurd known as Gaffar whose days are blighted by means of an unspeakable terror of - uh - salad? Or a gorgeous, bulimic harpy with ridiculously vulnerable bones? Or a guy who guards Beckley Woods with a Samurai sword and a pregnant terrier?
Darkmans is a really smooth publication, set in Ashford [a ridiculously sleek town], approximately very outdated topics: love and jealousy. it is also a booklet approximately invasion, obsession, displacement and ownership, approximately comedy, artwork, prescribed drugs and chiropody. And the most personality? The earlier, which creeps up at the current and whispers whatever rather darkish - really unspeakable - into its ear.
The 3rd of Nicola Barker's narratives of the Thames Gateway, Darkmans is an epic novel of startling originality.
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