Faber Members get 10% off their first order

The Greatest Gift

Danny Leigh

The Greatest Gift by Danny Leigh, marking the arrival of a remarkable new talent, is a blackly comic and frequently moving account of a life going haywire in the service industry.

Date Published
All orders are sent via Royal Mail and are tracked: choose from standard or premium delivery.

A dazzling tale, told with great humour, of the last seconds of a man’s life as he leaps from a nine-storey building.

Matthew Viss works for the city’s premier concierge service. Whatever you need, he can provide. And he’ll do it with a smile. He just wants to help – that’s all he’s ever wanted to do. The Greatest Gift is the story of his downfall.

‘Leigh’s prose is discomforting, his free-form style a reflection of Matthew’s free-falling life, and there are echoes of Chuck ‘Fight-Club’ Palahniuk … A complex, affecting debut, suggesting the emergence of an exciting talent.’ Daily Mail

‘The Greatest Gift, a withering report on the emptiness and narcissism of the corporate world … Leigh has steered away from the familiar territory of the first-time novelist … and delivered something more distinctive. What looks like a satire on contemporary office life becomes an allegory about loftier themes – friendship, compulsion, identity and desire.’ Daily Telegraph


Danny Leigh was born in 1972 and is the author of The Greatest Gift and The Monsters of Gramercy Park. He was described as ‘A key writer of his generation’ by Dazed & Confused. He hosts the BBC’s film review show.

Read More