A Saint in Swindon (Paperback)
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A Saint in Swindon (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 15/04/2020
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When a stranger arrives in town, with a bulging blue bag and a whiff of adventure, the neighbourhood takes notice. When he asks for his meals to be sent to his room and peace and quiet for reading, curiosity turns to obsession. 

Each day he stays there, locked in his room, demanding books: Plath, Kafka, Orwell, Lawrence, Fitzgerald, James, Bronte (the eldest), Dickens, Dumas, Kesey - on and on, the stranger never leaving his room. Who exactly is he? What is he reading? And will it be able to save us from the terrible state of the world? 

Written by award-winning author Alice Jolly, and based on an idea by the book lovers of Swindon town, this funny and, ultimately, dystopian tale, reminds us of the importance of literature in an increasingly dark world.

Publisher: Fairlight Books
ISBN: 9781912054206


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An insight into a fascinating and inspiring world of reading!' -Debbie Hicks MBE Creative Director, The Reading Agency'This novella is suited to our fevered times' -The Spectator'An entertaining, yet profound meditation on the replenishment and complications of reading in dystopia' -Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People'A story that offers plenty to think, talk and even smile about' -Matt Holland, Director, Swindon Festival of Literature

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“A little gem!”

What a little gem A Saint in Swindon is. I'm not sure at what point a short story becomes a novella but in only 78 pages of text Alice Jolly has created a whole world that I was able to lose myself in.

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