OK, Mr Field

ISBN
9780571340897
Published
02/05/2019
9780571340897
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
208

About the Book

Shortlisted for the London Magazine and Collyer Bristow Debut Fiction Prize, 2019

Mr Field, a concert pianist travelling back from a performance in London, suffers a fractured wrist in a train crash. On a whim, he uses his compensation money to buy a house he has seen in a newspaper – a replica of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye -- on the coast outside Cape Town. But when Mr Field moves there with his wife, Mim, he finds that the house has a disturbing and unexpected effect. Dwelling in the gaps within conversations, and the distances between people, OK, Mr Field is a powerful story of obsession, disintegration and loneliness.

Shortlisted for the London Magazine and Collyer Bristow Debut Fiction Prize, 2019Mr Field, a concert pianist travelling back from a performance in London, suffers a fractured wrist in a train crash. On a whim, he uses his compensation money to buy a house he has seen in a newspaper – a replica of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye -- on the coast outside Cape Town. But when Mr Field moves there with his wife, Mim, he finds that the house has a disturbing and unexpected effect. Dwelling in the gaps within conversations, and the distances between people, OK, Mr Field is a powerful story of obsession, disintegration and loneliness.
“Bewitching . . . With prose of this quality it is hard to protest, and Mr Field is in any case good company -- irascible and weird, but endearing in his attempts to duck the loneliness waiting for him at every turn.”
- Sunday Times
“A startlingly good first novel . . . it is hard to convey the shocking accuracy of Kilalea's prose, which, ultimately, is what makes this novel so riveting. The absolute correctness of the vocabulary she uses makes one realise how pretentious and unnecessary the language in much contemporary fiction is . . . She has so much to convey about loneliness, madness and mortality . . . This curious, short book feels as uncanny as Kafka or Beckett.”
- Spectator

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