This Good Book (Paperback)
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This Good Book (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 30/06/2021
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'Sometimes I wonder, if I had known that it was going to take me fourteen years to paint this painting of the Crucifixion with Douglas as Jesus, and what it would take for me to paint this painting, would I have been as happy as I was then?' Susan Alison MacLeod, a Glasgow School of Art graduate with a dark sense of humour, first lays eyes on Douglas MacDougal at a party in 1988, and resolves to put him on the cross in the Crucifixion painting she's been sketching out, but her desire to create 'good' art and a powerful, beautiful portrayal means that a final painting doesn't see the light of day for fourteen years. Over the same years, Douglas's ever-more elaborately designed urine-based installations bring him increasing fame, prizes and commissions, while his modelling for Susan Alison, who continues to work pain and suffering on to the canvas, takes place mostly in the shadows. This Good Book is a wickedly funny, brilliantly observed novel that spins the moral compass and plays with notions of creating art.

Publisher: Renard Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781913724191
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm


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'Nineteen-eighties Glasgow is evoked well... [and] the realisation of where the duo's commitment to their art is taking them is genuinely chilling. Hood's debut has a dark, compelling urgency.' (Alastair Mabbott, The Herald) 'The work of a true poet, this book is as dark and psychotic as it is beautiful and delicate... No book has ever reminded me of The Picture of Dorian Gray quite like this...' (Amelia Bashford, The Publishing Post) 'Highly original, darkly funny... a compulsive read.' (Leigh Chambers) 'This Good Book works as a commentary on the 'art is life, life is art' idea... it's also funny and has an offbeat writing style, which utilises Scottish dialect. Whether one is into religion or not, This Good Book's innovative use of art is definitely worth a read.' (Robert Pisani) 'A novel about Glasgow, about art, and about obsession. This Good Book will have you gripped from the opening chapter to its disturbing conclusion. Iain Hood is an original new voice in Scottish fiction.' (Colette Paul)

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