Glass A Novel

by Alex Christofi

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Glass A Novel Synopsis

Meet Gunter Glass - ex-milkman and aspiring window-cleaner, struggling to find his way in the world His mum has died, his dad's retired, he's just been let go from his milk round - and Gunter Glass has his head in the clouds. Fortunately, he also has a head for heights, and a lifelong fascination with glass. So when the call comes to clean the windows of the tallest skyscraper in London, he sets off for the big city with little more than youthful enthusiasm, a dual-squeegee holster and his dear departed mother's homespun wisdom. But will Gunter's innocence put him on a collision course with the modern world? He's never had a girlfriend, and now he's falling for a clairvoyant with unclear intentions. Most of what he knows about life comes from Wikipedia, so sharing a dingy flat with an eccentric German philosopher is a bit befuddling. And most worrying of all, he's starting to think his new boss may be a little unhinged ...

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Glass A Novel Press Reviews

'This first novel makes me want to use words like sparkling , sharp , translucent - not surprising, since it is about glass and one man's obsession with it ... Christofi's writing really does gleam with wit, inventiveness and an offbeat charm' -- Kate Saunders The Times

'[An] impressive, tightly paced coming-of-age story ... Christofi delivers a multi-layered story that follows one man's refracted path through life's prism' -- Zoe Apostolides Financial Times

'A rare novel ... rollicking' -- Josephine Livingstone Dazed & Confused

'Christofi's debut novel is both charming and funny, and not a little affecting, too ... there's enough here to show you the author has plenty more to offer and that, like his hero, he definitely has his heart in the right place.' Daily Mail

'Eccentricity ... alongside raw emotion ... a promising debut from an intriguing new voice.' We Love This Book

'It's a tale about growing up, one that's as funny as it is touching. A talent to keep an eye on.' Shortlist

'A confident and frequently adroit first novel ... enjoyably mercurial and quixotic' Morning Star

'Charming, quirky, unexpected ... Christofi is a writer to watch. Witty and incredibly inventive.' Saga

'Entertaining and affecting' -- Russell Leadbetter Herald Scotland

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ISBN: 9781846689680
Publication date: 24/12/2015
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846689680
Publication date: 24th December 2015
Author: Alex Christofi
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Alex Christofi

Alex Christofi was born and grew up in Dorset. After reading English at the University of Oxford, he moved to London to work in publishing. He has written a number of short pieces for theatre, and blogs about arts and culture for Prospect magazine. Glass is his first novel.  

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