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Darke by rick gekoski

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.

 

You can try the first 30+ pages here

 

Availability:

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'
PHILLIP PULLMAN

'A wondrous book with two fathers, Kingsley Amis and Dante'
SEBASTIAN BARRY

'Staggeringly accomplished. Heartbreakingly true. A shockingly monumental first novel'
JOHN NIVEN
'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'
THE TIMES

'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'
THE HERALD

'Gekoski has created an extraordinarily memorable character... This is an original and bleakly funny portrait of grief'
ECONOMIST

'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

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