A Is For Angelica (Paperback)
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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 01/09/2012
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My life is different now. I don't go to work. I don't have an office. I stay at home, hide behind curtains and make notes. I wait for something to happen.' Gordon Kingdom struggles with the fate of his seriously-ill wife while patiently observing and methodically recording the lives of those around him: his neighbours. He has files on them all, including Don Donald (best friend and petty thief), Annie Carnaffan (lives next door, throws footballs over the fence), and Benny (the boy who paints with his eyes closed). Then there's Angelica, the new girl (42) on the street, with her multi-coloured toenails and her filthy temper. It's when she arrives that Gordon's world of half-truths really begins to unravel. Faced with a series of unexpected events and a faltering conscience, he's left with an impossible decision. Because in the banality of everyday life, what would you do if the unthinkable happened?

Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781908775986
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 233 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 20 mm


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A is for Angelica and MF is for meticulously funny. It will make you laugh out loud and feel guilty about it afterwards. * Simon Crump *
This is an easy book to sum up. Basically, if you don't laugh and cry over A is for Angelica in almost equal measures then bears don't deposit their personal waste in wooded areas and I'll only read this book once. * The Bookbag *
'A first novel that confidently moves from dark comedy that's genuinely funny to even darker despair that grows from moving to harrowing... Really impressive'
'An oddly addictive and often hilarious read... Presented in uncomplicated, unembellished prose, this is a brilliant and adeptly written debut novel, loaded with poignancy and feeling.'
'I think this is a haunting and powerful first novel ... a book I shall certainly read again.'
'Put simply: this is a beautiful debut novel. And a true testament to what thoughtful editing can achieve. Broome strips his writing to the bare minimum - the perfect complement to his methodical, to-the-point narrator (Gordon), and the unfortunate situation he's in (caring for his seriously-ill wife)...But when we have passages in which Gordon is active and leaves the house, the first-person narration is used to pitch-perfect effect, where his desire to distract himself from reality leads to some inevitable but still uncomfortable moments.' -- Sam Rennie * Book Blogger *
`A is for Angelica is poignant, extraordinary and easy to read. Ideal for anyone.' -- Louise Miller * Around the Red Map *
'This is a brilliant, dark comedy, with beautiful moments of pathos... Never again will I see a twitching curtain in quite the same way.' -- Nathan Filer * The Metro *

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“Gordon['s] Kingdom”

This book charts the everyday life and loves of one Gordon Kingdom, a fiftysomething with mild obsessive tendencies who finds himself marooned in his own house, forced to watch the neighbours as he tends to his... More

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