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The Backstreets of Purgatory

Helen Taylor

(author)

Hardback
He spends most of his time fannying around a makeshift Glasgow studio, failing to paint his degree portfolio, while his girlfriend Lizzi treats him like one of her psychology patients, and his best friend Rob is convinced that the tattoos he designs are the height of artistic achievement.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

The Backstreets of Purgatory A01 By (author) N Helen Taylor 222 144 42 641 BB Hardback 496 Unbound Unbound London United Kingdom FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) 1DBKS Scotland 1.3 FBA FXR Modern & contemporary fiction Narrative theme: Sense of place 1DDU-GB-SCG Glasgow He spends most of his time fannying around a makeshift Glasgow studio, failing to paint his degree portfolio, while his girlfriend Lizzi treats him like one of her psychology patients, and his best friend Rob is convinced that the tattoos he designs are the height of artistic achievement. Finn Garvie's life is one spectacular mess. He spends most of his time fannying around a makeshift Glasgow studio, failing to paint his degree portfolio, while his girlfriend Lizzi treats him like one of her psychology patients, and his best friend Rob is convinced that the tattoos he designs are the height of artistic achievement. To top it all, Finn is worried that some stinking bastard is hanging around, spying on him, laughing at his cock-ups and eating his leftover curry. Fortunately, he has plenty of techniques to distract him - tackling the church hall renovations with the help of his alcoholic neighbour; pining after Kassia, the splendidly stroppy au-pair; and re-reading that book on Caravaggio, his all-time hero. Things take a turn for the strange when he finally encounters the person who's been bugging him, and it seems to be none other than Caravaggio himself... Art, truth and madness come to blows in this darkly funny debut novel from a startling new talent. 'Fascinating and incredibly funny - this is a bold new voice in Scottish fiction' 17 Degrees 'A Scottish novel of significance and I can't recommend it enough' - Scots Whay Hae 'Memorable and intruiging' Undiscovered Scotland * 17 Degrees Magazine * Helen Taylor is a writer living in France. The Backstreets of Purgatory is her first novel. 12072018 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 18.99 0.00 18.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available GARD Y Finn Garvie's life is one spectacular mess. He spends most of his time fannying around a makeshift Glasgow studio, failing to paint his degree portfolio, while his girlfriend Lizzi treats him like one of her psychology patients, and his best friend Rob is convinced that the tattoos he designs are the height of artistic achievement. To top it all, Finn is worried that some stinking bastard is hanging around, spying on him, laughing at his cock-ups and eating his leftover curry. Fortunately, he has plenty of techniques to distract him - tackling the church hall renovations with the help of his alcoholic neighbour; pining after Kassia, the splendidly stroppy au-pair; and re-reading that book on Caravaggio, his all-time hero. Things take a turn for the strange when he finally encounters the person who's been bugging him, and it seems to be none other than Caravaggio himself... Art, truth and madness come to blows in this darkly funny debut novel from a startling new talent.
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Book publisherUnbound
Publication date28 Aug 2018
FormatHardback
Pages496
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