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Gold by Dan Rhodes


Gold by Dan Rhodes

Miyuki Woodward, lover of pints and Pot Noodles, has been spending holidays in the same Welsh seaside town for years. She loves the wet walks, she loves The Anchor and most of all she loves the pub-quiz.This year, following an act of raw creativity involving some cans of gold spray paint, Miyuki will take part in the most turbulent events the village has seen since Tall Mr Hughes returned from the pub toilet without remembering to button up.


Hilarious and acutely affecting. * * Independent on Sunday * * Absolutely flawless comic writing. Original, fresh and funny. * * Observer * * Laugh-out-loud funny. * * Heat * * Smashing. Had me snorting like a hippo in mud. * * Sunday Herald * * Oh, how we love Dan Rhodes. Reliably odd but fabulous. * * Guardian * * To achieve what Rhodes does here and effortlessly sustain immaculate comic timing throughout a novel - well, that's just rude. * * Time Out * * Clever and very funny, Gold goes straight to the heart. After reading this you will never think about sneezing in the same way again. -- Hilary Mantel Wonderfully unpredictable. Draws you in from the very first page. I couldn't put it down. -- Alan Carr The quirky, determined inconsequential style of Rhodes's novel bears a passing resemblance to that of Alexander McCall Smith. -- Christina Koning * * The Times * * Gold is a funny little novel, both humorous and strange. -- David Smith * * Observer * * Rhodes has a quirky talent for teasing the comic out of the mundane, and there's more than a hint of the surreal in this engaging witty novel. . . -- Victoria Moore * * Daily Mail * * Gold adroitly mines the potential of a remote community with its range of idiosyncratic residents . . . Rhodes has created a cast of memorable oddities. -- A.S. * * Guardian * * Any good? Oh, very . . . Complementing the jokes is a lovely strain of melancholy. . . -- Colin Waters * * Sunday Herald * * This retains the bitter flavour that fans love. Deceptively light, it is flecked with gold. * * Independent * * Lovely, whimsical stuff -- Katy Guest * * Independent * * One of the best writers in the country . . . excellent, original, funny and profound. -- Danny Wallace * * Daily Express * * Hilarious and heartbreaking. -- Michael Holroyd * * Guardian * *

About the Author

Dan Rhodes

Dan Rhodes was born in 1972. He is the author of five other books: Anthropology, Don’t Tell Me the Truth About Love, Timoleon Vieta Come Home, Gold and, writing as Danuta de Rhodes, The Little White Car.

In 2003 he was named by Granta magazine as one of their Twenty Best of Young British Novelists and in 2010 by the Daily Telegraph as one of their Best British Novelists Under Forty. He is the winner of many awards including the Author's Club First Novel Award and the E.M. Forster Award. He lives in Derbyshire.

Author photo © Emmily Rhodes

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Publication date

6th March 2008


Dan Rhodes

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Canongate Books Ltd


208 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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