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Attend

by West Camel

Debut Books of the Month Debuts Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Sharing Diverse Voices

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Oh my, I have quite fallen in love with this absolutely glorious and spellbinding tale. A wonderful infusion of themes means ‘Attend’ quite rightly, refuses to be labelled. Set in Deptford, London the streets, houses, and locations are as eloquently described and important as the characters. Skirting the violent criminal underbelly of the town and exploring the struggle of addiction, the story hovers within touching distance of an unseen mysterious power that planted itself in my mind and continued to lurk and explore my thoughts and feelings. The enigmatic and almost otherworldly Deborah sits centre stage, acting as a magnet, weaving Sam and Anne into her story. ‘Attend’ has a deliciously dark fairytale quality that sits alongside the heartfelt realism of life quite beautifully. This is West Camel’s debut, his writing is alluring and sang out to me, I simply can't wait to see what comes next. I recommend Attend with every fibre of my being, it has must-read stamped all over it.

Liz Robinson

Attend Synopsis

When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne's best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah. Seamstress, sailor, story-teller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises. With echoes of Armistead Maupin, Attend is a beautifully written, darkly funny, mesmerisingly emotive and deliciously told debut novel, rich in finely wrought characters that you will never forget. `A literary EastEnders, with precision language and beautifully interwoven storytelling ... I couldn't put it down' Liz Loves Books

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Attend Press Reviews

'A literary EastEnders, with precision language and beautifully interwoven storytelling ... I couldn't put it down' Liz Loves Books

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ISBN: 9781912374397
Publication date: 13/12/2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912374397
Publication date: 13th December 2018
Author: West Camel
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 250 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About West Camel

Born and bred in south London - and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name - West Camel worked as an editor in higher education and business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing. He has worked as a book and arts journalist, and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch. He currently combines his work as editor at Orenda Books with writing and editing a wide range of material for various arts organisations, including ghost-writing a ...

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