Laura Laura (Paperback)Richard Francis (author)
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"[Francis] is just so good at the transcription and transformation of everyday ordinary life, all seen from sideways on, so that everything becomes so strange and so funny."-Tessa Hadley
An elderly academic is accosted by a homeless woman on his way home from the cinema. She tells him her name is Laura. So begins a nightmarish journey for Gerald, who is forced to confront the mystery of his own past and to ask himself if he has lived a good life - or even a decent one.
In the course of this very funny, sometimes disturbing and often moving novel, suppressed memories return to haunt him, including the question of the role he played in a family tragedy. Above all he has to assess the harm he may have done in a long-forgotten love affair.
Those close to him suddenly appear unfathomable as he begins to question if he truly knows those closest to him and even himself.
The problem with exploring the past, Gerald begins to see, is that there are an infinite number of ways to travel through it.
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
"The novel is [...] full of memorable apercus - particularly strikingly when it evokes 'that alchemy which transforms anxiety, failure or disaster into the safety of anecdote' [...] There's a certain alchemy in writing that can transform themes of anxiety, failure or disaster into something as moving, disturbing and funny as this novel is." * The Spectator *
"Elegantly written, humorous and perfect in its evocation of a flickering past." * The Tatler, All the best new books of the summer *
"Richard Francis is one of the UK's most underrated novelists." * The Huffington Post, 22 Brilliant Books To Read This Autumn *
"Delivered with such imagination and chutzpah [...] The pleasure of Laura Laura is in its robust - even fun - approach to serious stuff. * The Critic *
"Funny, moving, absorbing, thought-provoking[...]. I read this book in a state of almost continuous delight." * Shiny New Books *
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