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Meet John Cromer, one of the most unusual heroes in modern fiction. If the minority is always right then John is practically infallible. Growing up disabled and gay in the 1950’s, circumstances force John from an early age to develop an intense and vivid internal world. As his character develops, this ability to transcend external circumstance through his own strength of character proves an invaluable asset.
Extremely funny and incredibly poignant, this is a major new novel from a writer at the height of his powers.
'I'm not quite sure how Mars-Jones was done out of the Booker prize for this wonderfully minute, intimately detailed novel that manages nevertheless to make you feel that every word carries universal meaning. But I think he should sue ... critics have remarked on the Proustian aspect to the detailing opf John's life, and it's not an exaggeration to invoke that name here ... Mars-Jones's skill in making us trust him [John] absolutely is quite masterful.'
'Mars-Jones inhabits [John's] world absolutely; he clearly understands those who physical security is under threat. Pilcrow is rigorously unsentimental, and there is an often funny matter-of-factness in the way it describes John's incapacity and how he manages it.'
'John is an engaging guide to a mundane world, wryly comic as he struggles to channel lusty adolescent impulses through rusty limbs. The finest humour results from his playful attitude to language, which allows him respite from his routine.'
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