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Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles

Care of Wooden Floors

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February 2012 Debut of the Month.

Winner of a Betty Trask Award 2013.

Inhabiting the spaces in-between everyday events - a place where tiny oversights can have disastrous, farcical and even fatal consequences. This is a unique, bold and brilliant debut from a darkly funny new voice - which has a little bit of floor care in it as well.

If you like Will Wiles you might also like to read books by Tom Rachman, Paul Torday and Patrick Quinlan.

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Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles

Oskar is a minimalist composer best known for a piece called Variations on Tram Timetables. He is married to a Californian art dealer named Laura and he lives with two cats, named after Russian composers, in an Eastern European city. But this book isn't really about Oskar. Oskar is in Los Angeles, having his marriage dismantled by lawyers. He has entrusted an old university friend with the task of looking after his cats, and taking care of his perfect, beautiful apartment. Despite the fact that Oskar has left dozens of surreally detailed notes covering every aspect of looking after the flat, things do not go well. It's about a friendship between two men who don't know each other very well. It's about alienation and being alone in a foreign city. It's about the quest for perfection and the struggle against entropy. And it is, a little, about how to take care of wooden floors.


'Highly idiosyncratic, well-written, with a vivid sense of place -- compelling.'
Michael Frayn

'Care of Wooden Floors is a wonderful work. Precisely constructed, with an eye that sees in between the everyday spaces of our lives, it sheds new light, not only on ourselves, but on the contemporary novel itself.'
Lee Rourke, author of The Canal

About the Author

Will Wiles

Will Wiles is an architecture and design journalist. He lives in London.

Author photo © Marcus Ross

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2nd February 2012


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HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


304 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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