A very British do

27 06 2015

British Story: A Romance by Michael Nath

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What’s haunting Kennedy? He believes that literary characters exist just like you or me, but he’s getting nowhere trying to prove it. His Falstaff project is an embarrassment; Barbara’s wanting a baby; there’s that trouble from last autumn; he can’t even tell a story.

His fortunes change when he’s befriended by Arthur Mountain, a larger-than-life Welshman with a peculiar take on history and a grand distaste for the modern world. Together with his trainspotting wife, snooty secretary and trusty machete, Arthur opens Kennedy’s soul. Philosophical, frightening and hilarious, British Story is an adventure in imagination and a rallying cry for wonder. With this witty and critical examination of contemporary life, Michael Nath has called up the lost spirit of resistance. The stoplines are operational!

The second novel by the University of Westminster academic, this at times surreal tale follows the entanglement of a lecturer with a group of oddballs who share a strange extended tale stretching back to wartime Swansea via Doncaster and Edinburgh. Reminiscent of Vonnegut in parts it is a really rather engaging and entertaining yarn with plenty of knowing literary allusions.

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