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Glass A Novel by Alex Christofi
  

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Winner of the Betty Trask Prize 2016 / Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015.

Huckleberry Finn meets Candide, but with added window cleaning - Glass is a charming, off-beat comedy about a young man finding his way in the modern world. Charming, funny and slyly clever, it establishes Alex Christofi as one of Britain's most exciting young writers.

Author Joanne Harris, who judged the Betty Trask Prize alongside radio presenter and crime writer Simon Brett OBE and novelist Michèle Roberts, called it “pitch-perfect writing” with "well-drawn and believable characters”. She added: "The narrative skates a narrow path between light and shade, laughter and tears with confidence and authority.”

Synopsis

Glass A Novel by Alex Christofi

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 ...

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

About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

24th December 2015

Author

Alex Christofi

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Publisher

Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781846689680

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