Tender by Mark Illis

 

TENDER is the story of the Dax family. Over thirty years we watch their lives unfold in ordinary and extraordinary ways as they try to cope with life, and each other. They're a family with a history that develops in front of your eyes. A family with stories to tell.

 

'Illis has an engaging style and his prose is vivid and inventively colloquial'
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

'These ordinary people are not cut out to set the world on fire, yet so vitally charged with the messy, fraught business of staying alive and sane that they exert a fierce emotional pull on the reader.'
THE INDEPENDENT

'It has the benefits of a wonderful novel, as well as the joy of reading a collection of short stories ... It is tender, funny, startling, sad, and resonates with truth.'
THE SHORT REVIEW

 

A Chinese Summer

A CHINESE SUMMER follows the chain of events that brings a young man through an emotional and physical crisis. Simon's life falls apart when Helen leaves; it's as if the world has turned Chinese and he hasn't got the phrasebook.

 

 

‘Excellent first novel … marks the debut of a very impressive new writer'
LITERARY REVIEW

‘rich in passion and promise'
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

‘Illis at his best has a rhythmic command and a genuinely individual feeling for language which enables him to be unusually searching and honest'
LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

 

The Alchemist

THE ALCHEMIST is the story of a child's nightmarish quest for truth. Billy Gunn believes he is surrounded by mysterious, ill-wishing people, and his greatest fear is that he will be abandoned by his parents. Soon, his fears come true, and a disorientated Billy is left with the challenge of creating a new world, out of the frightening ingredients of the old.

 

 

‘Freely enjoyable, smart, wry-humoured, even poetic'
LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

‘the main attraction is Illis's ability to dazzle with character and imagination'
EVENING STANDARD

‘Illis has the gift of the philosopher's stone'
THE TIMES

 

 

The Feather Report

In THE FEATHER REPORT, Paul Feather may be paranoid, but he's also right someone is out to get him. Paul has been preparing a report on patterns of violent behaviour, but he soon discovers that unwelcome forces are spreading into his life, carried like a virus with the information he has gathered. Meanwhile, the peculiar Mr Walsh, who has pressing motives of his own, can hardly wait to see what will become of the experiment he has designed, involving Paul, and Paul's sister, and a certain Edmund Staples, a man who unfortunately killed his own father.

‘Within its limited range emotional growth, coping with its all-too-much unhappiness The Feather Report could not be more convincing or moving'
THE OBSERVER

‘this very intelligent book is refreshingly sane, and it gives a funny but compassionate picture of the human need for order, the different ways that people try to cope with life, and the almost universal madness involved in reading the world'
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

 

 

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