Dr James Darke has expelled himself from the world. He writes compulsively in his 'coming of old age' journal; he eats little, drinks and smokes a lot.
Meditating on what he has lost – the loves of his life, both dead and alive - he tries to console himself with the wisdom of the great thinkers and poets, yet finds nothing but disappointment.
Published in the UK by Canongate. The U.S. edition will follow in September 2017.
Darke is available online from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Waterstones, and Hive .
It is also available from all good bookshops.
Some reviews and responses:
'I was beguiled and charmed by the vivid personality being revealed. By that, and by the fact that I couldn't stop reading. Gekoski puts words together with a sure touch and deep craftsmanship'
'A wondrous book with two fathers, Kingsley Amis and Dante'
'Staggeringly accomplished. Heartbreakingly true. A shockingly monumental first novel'
'Stuffed with more wisdom, bile, wit and tenderness than many writers create in a lifetime. In James Darke we have a hero as troubled and eternal as King Lear . . . And in Rick Gekoski we have a late-flowering genius of a novelist who proves it's never too late to start a glittering career in fiction'
'Rick Gekoski's impressive debut novel . . . Darke is both a tender and hard-hitting examination of grief and the slow, singular healing process . . . A brilliantly vivid creation . . . life-affirming and life-shattering'
'Gekoski has created an extraordinarily memorable character... This is an original and bleakly funny portrait of grief'
'An immensely enjoyable elegy . . . done with precision and patience. I have never laughed as much at a book that made me weep so copiously'
STUART KELLY - THE SCOTSMAN
Radio National: Books Plus with Kate Evans - 21 May, 2017
RADIO NATIONAL - BOOKS PLUS WITH KATE EVANS