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Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
  

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Considered a modern classic, and consistently featured in lists of Books To Read Before Your Head Explodes, ONLY FORWARD is a novel you'll never forget. Michael Marshall Smith's surreal, groundbreaking, and award-winning debut which resonates with wild humour interlaced with dark recollections of an emotional minefield. May we introduce you to Stark. Oh, and by the way - good luck. Stark is the private investigator who goes to work when Something Happens to you. And when a Something happens it's no good chanting 'go away go away go away' and cowering in a corner, because a Something always comes from your darkest past and won't be beaten until you face it. And that's not easy in a city where reality is twisting and broken, a world in which friends can become enemies in a heartbeat - and where your most secret fear can become a soul-shredding reality. And the worst of it is, for this nightmare you don't even have to be asleep...

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Synopsis

Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith

Stark lives in Colour, a neighbourhood whose inhabitants like to be co-ordinated with their surroundings - a neighbourhood where spangly purple trousers are admired by the walls of buildings as you pass them. Close by is Sound, where you mustn't make any, apart from one designated hour a day when you can scream your lungs raw. Then there's Red - get off at Fuck Station Zero if you want to see a tactical nuclear battle recreated as a sales demonstration. Stark has friends in Red, which is just as well because Something is about to happen. And when a Something happens it's no good chanting 'Duck and cover' while cowering in a corner, because a Something is always from the past, Stark's past, and it won't go away until you face it full on.

Reviews

Excellent reviews: 'A major work indeed
Today

'Smith delivers that rarest of commodities: a genuinely new twist with a punchline of Crying Game proportions'
Time Out

'No one writes better than Smith about love ... No one writes better about being wasted ... Nigh-on unique.'
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-D 'A storytelling skill that can only be described as pure genius
Venue Extraordinary debut Clive Barker

About the Author

Michael Marshall Smith

Michael Marshall Smith (who dropped the “Smith” to write The Straw Men) lives in north London with his wife Paula, and is currently working on screenplays and his next book, while providing two cats with somewhere warm and comfortable to sit.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Michael Marshall Smith

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Format

Paperback

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780006512660

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