The Backstreets of Purgatory (Hardback)
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The Backstreets of Purgatory (Hardback)

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Hardback 496 Pages
Published: 12/07/2018
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Finn Garvie's life is one spectacular mess. He spends most of his time fannying around a makeshift Glasgow studio, failing to paint his degree portfolio, while his girlfriend Lizzi treats him like one of her psychology patients, and his best friend Rob is convinced that the tattoos he designs are the height of artistic achievement.

To top it all, Finn is worried that some stinking bastard is hanging around, spying on him, laughing at his cock-ups and eating his leftover curry. Fortunately, he has plenty of techniques to distract him - tackling the church hall renovations with the help of his alcoholic neighbour; pining after Kassia, the splendidly stroppy au-pair; and re-reading that book on Caravaggio, his all-time hero.

Things take a turn for the strange when he finally encounters the person who's been bugging him, and it seems to be none other than Caravaggio himself...

Art, truth and madness come to blows in this darkly funny debut novel from a startling new talent.

'Fascinating and incredibly funny - this is a bold new voice in Scottish fiction' 17 Degrees
'She has written a Scottish novel of significance and I can't recommend it enough' Scots Whay Hae
'Memorable and intriguing' Undiscovered Scotland

Publisher: Unbound
ISBN: 9781783525553
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 641 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 41 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Fascinating and incredibly funny - this is a bold new voice in Scottish fiction' 17 Degrees
'A Scottish novel of significance and I can't recommend it enough' - Scots Whay Hae
'Memorable and intruiging' Undiscovered Scotland
* 17 Degrees Magazine *

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“Rich and rewarding”

Well, this is some book! An audacious plot involving Caravaggio stuck in Purgatory being forced to spend time with a deluded Glaswegian artist who has lost his muse – if you can get your head around that as a concept,... More

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“Partick Revisited”

The opening page of the book refers to the Glasgow Art School, the fire-damaged Mackintosh Building. The day I started to read this remarkable book, the principal item on BBC Radio Scotland was the news that the... More

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“As good as it gets”

This is an engaging and multi-faceted story that really captures the imagination with its quirky yet believable characters. Beautifully written, funny and sad - quite amazing from a first time author. Can't wait... More

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