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Laurie Evan Owen's childhood switched from a bombed-out Birmingham to a very rural Buckinghamshire. After grammar school and art school in Oxford, he studied painting at the Royal Academy and worked as an artist in London, before marrying, raising children, earning money as a house painter, writing, becoming a well-known community activist, retiring, divorcing and then moving to the Sussex coast.
Poetry and prose blend together to create a different and highly original read. Taking place over a period of seven days, the three main characters are all a little lost in a corrupt world. There are many different directions in which you can travel through this book, so each reader is likely to have a very individual and personal journey. I found a deep, dark novel, with occasional shards of sunlight, there were parts that I absolutely loved and others where, to be honest, I felt a little lost and slightly bewildered. The poetry and prose occasionally seemed to meld together, with no clear definition between the two, creating a lyrical intensity. It took a while to settle in and to feel the story, as at times I felt overwhelmed by the sometimes overly descriptive writing. By the end I felt an understanding, but not necessarily a recognition, and I still have questions about this thought provoking and unusual novel. ~ Liz Robinson 'This is a world of strangenesses, set in a shadowy, nightmare atmosphere with a flavour of Grimm and whiffs of Gormenghast, laced with playfulness, unexpected humour and, eventually, hope.' - Maggie Butt, Poet and Associate Dean of Middlesex University.