I Am Sovereign (Paperback)
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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 16/07/2020
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Woozy, bold and seriously funny, I am Sovereign plays all manner of meta-fictional tricks with the novel form and comes out the other side in triumph. Teddy bear-obsessives, pretentious estate agents and injured Chinese homebuyers are flung together in a magic realist odyssey of stunning ingenuity.

How long does it take to change the world?

Could it happen in approximately twenty minutes?

Charles, a forty-year-old teddy bear maker, is trying to sell his late mother's house, helped by his estate agent Avigail (who thinks Charles is an imbecile). The prospective buyers: the fearsome Wang Shu - who has no desire to make idle chit-chat - and her downtrodden daughter, Ying Yue.

During the twenty-minute viewing a huge number of things happen, although it is also entirely possible that nothing happens at all. Which is it? Can the world really turn on its axis during a mundane discussion about cheese preservation? Has fiction the power to do that? Should it even want to?

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781786090959
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'One of the funniest, most finely achieved comic novels, even by her own standard ... I think it's a masterpiece.' - Ali Smith

'Life-affirming hilarity - Evelyn Waugh on ecstasy.' - Nell Zink

'Nicola Barker loves to break the conventions of fiction ... She has set herself the novelist's ultimate challenge - to turn the dullest situation imaginable into something fascinating and lifelike - and she (mostly) pulls it off ... Barker conveys the essence of these people with such skill that you feel you have met them.' - The Times

'I think Nicola Barker is incapable of a dull page. [Her work] is unified by its spirit of adventure.' - Kevin Barry

'She really is a genius.' - Guardian

'A madly brilliant little book that asks who at any point is in control of what. I loved it.' - Daily Mail

'Nicola Barker's wildness and capacity for the absurd often delight me.' - Sarah Moss

'What an audacious writer Nicola Barker is ... In an era when plot is king, Barker has typically, joyously, dispensed with one ... Barker's pleasure in the novella feels defiant.' - Evening Standard

'I Am Sovereign is bursting with energy, compassion and humour.' - Literary Review

'Barker is a writer in a class of her own ... A work of coruscating intelligence, of deep humanity.' - Observer

'A riotous burst of a novel that scrutinises the nature of fiction with the lightest of touches.' - Mail on Sunday

'A bracing, brilliantly bonkers comic novel ... This is freewheeling fiction that delights in the visual.' - Sunday Times

'Barker's writing is very, very funny, both ha ha and strange ... Fans of Ali Smith's "Seasonal Quartet" will enjoy a similarly arch, detached view on the banality of contemporary Britain ... A gloriously audacious blend of, well, the deep and the trite.' - Independent

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“Usual and not what you you may expect!”

This short book is completely different. We will meet different characters. A house being sold in Llandudno, this is the premise of the story. The estate agent does not have an easy task. It is being made especially... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
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“Everything is illumined.......”

Nicola Barker experiments with novel writing and knows how to push the boundaries to the very limit. This new book is my favourite so far.
The actual story is about a 20 minute house viewing in Llandudno Wales. This... More

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“So much wit for such a small book”

Nicola Barker treats the reader with a continuous stream of funny and clever narration, well-constructed characters and utterly odd, paradoxical situations. To combine all of this in a short novella shows the great... More

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