Blood (Paperback)Maggie Gee (author)
Who attacked Dad?
When corrupt, brutal dentist Albert Ludd is found battered and bloody after failing to attend a memorial party for his youngest son, a solider, suspicion falls on his other children, especially 37-year-old buxom bruiser Monica, who was heard "uttering threats" against her absent father.
How come her car is found outside his house? Why did she buy a large axe? Yet, Monica's a deputy head.
Blood is a Gothic black comedy seen through the eyes of six-foot Monica, who speaks her secret thoughts aloud and who has been banned by the principal of her school, from using social media: 'Parents are sensitive to abuse. Governors query `moron' and 'twat'.' Blood asks serious questions about modern life: what can we do with the brutal men who bully women and the weak? Can we wait for a world of order and justice? If we hit back, can the circle of violence ever be broken?
Publisher: Fentum Press
Number of pages: 296
'A wise and beautiful book about what it feels like to be alive.' - Zadie Smith
'Fast-moving, energetic, constantly surprising.' - Hilary Mantel
'I love the work of Maggie Gee: wickedly smart, funny and fearless, plus that rarest of all things, genuinely surprising. Read her.' - Patrick Ness
'Worldly, witty, enjoyable, impressive.' - Doris Lessing
'Maggie Gee has never written better.' - Rose Tremain
'Excellent... Exciting stuff.' - Fay Weldon
'A tour de force - brilliantly structured, surprising, humane, and suspenseful.' - Elaine Showalter
'Brilliant ... just brilliant ... deserves to be published in every language.' - Hillary Jordan
'Gripping, original and highly entertaining - Maggie Gee at her superb best.' - J G Ballard
'So rich it is almost aromatic ... an impressive and important novel.' - Nigella Lawson
'Outstanding ... tender, sexy and alarming.' - Jim Crace
'Audacious, playful and dazzlingly written.' - The Herald
'Wickedly funny... contains lines that sparkle.' - Sunday Telegraph
'This giddily playful novel is cunning what if... A gloriously funny, fleet-footed novel.' - Metro Best Summer Reads
'A witty book... It's got everything in a novel that I really like.' - Jacqueline Wilson's Six Best Books, Express
'Dazzling... alternately lyrical and austere... unbearably touching.' - The Observer
'For all its passion and intricacy, is also a very funny book... rewarding... carefully written, using language echoing the water that ebbs and flows, and eventually floods the pages.' - TLS
'Sublimely funny and infinitely subtle, pure delight.' - Daily Telegraph
'Energetic and beguiling.' - Sunday Telegraph
'Up there with Orwell and Huxley.' - Jeremy Paxman
'Maggie Gee is one of our most ambitious and challenging novelists.' - Sunday Times
'Hang on to your hats, it's a joy.' - Jane Gardam
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