The Failing of Angels

by Chris Tutton

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction

The Failing of Angels Synopsis

Disaster is only a handful of words away. And they are already being spoken... An abused young boy craves the affection of his crusading mother, who brutally rejects him in favour of cultivating the dependence of lonely and desperate strangers. Acolytes who will, when promised emancipation from their suffering, cater to her every bizarre and catastrophic whim without question. Poignant, harrowing and humorous, this poetic, bitter-sweet, dreamlike fable examines the corrosive pain of social isolation and emotional vulnerability, the devastating fragility of devotion and the power of love to transport us to perfect, imperfect and dangerously unpredictable places.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781874392040
Publication date: 10th October 2020
Author: Chris Tutton
Publisher: Avalanche Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 398 pages
Primary Genre Literary Fiction
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Chris Tutton Press Reviews

I have never read such beautiful writing. I was stunned!The Failing of Angels has a plot to ponder...but really, the highlight is the writing. It is gorgeous. Tutton is a poet and that sensibility comes out in the book. Each sentence just needs to be reread. There are moments of pure beauty counterbalanced by sorrow but nevertheless there is a great amount of pleasure reading tightly crafted prose.The coming of age novel is nothing new in literature but Chris Tutton gives the genre a fresh outlook and I can guarantee that there will never be one which is as evocatively written as The Failing of Angels Robert Pisani

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About Chris Tutton

Chris Tutton is the critically acclaimed and award winning author of seven collections of poetry, the most recent being 'Impossible Memories', published in 2016. Coined by Ned Sherrin as the master of the short poem , his work has also been described as absolutely beautiful by Alexander Waugh and Iain Anderson of BBC Scotland noted that it was philosophy in poetry form , with the Sunday Times commenting on its dramatic passion and dignity . 'The Failing of Angels' is his extraordinary debut novel. Find Chris at

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