What a wonderful way to start the new year with a new novel by Still contributor and mentor, Nicholas Royle. First Novel (Jonathan Cape, 2013) is actually his seventh novel!
I haven’t had the chance to read this, although I have been admiring the cover artwork.
‘Gloriously noir-ish, intricately plotted, proper wince-inducing stuff… A cutting-edge, vital new British novel for now’ — Stuart Hammond, Dazed & Confused
‘This lithe, quirky and occasionally inspired novel maintains itself against a background of privilege and perversion. Like Malcolm Bradbury’s The History Man rewritten by Geoff Dyer and Howard Jacobson in an awkward collaboration, First Novel is strange, memorable and, arguably, way ahead of its time’ — Paul Dale, The List
‘First Novel is metafiction – and it is an extremely good example of the form’ — John Burnside, The Times
‘First Novel is compelling… for its suspense, for its surprises, for its gleeful use of the macabre… This book generates its magnetism from the narrative puzzles it poses and the ingenuity with which it answers them’ — Claire Lowdon, New Statesman
‘Clever and thought-provoking… Everything here is under question, even metafiction, and so by implication First Novel‘s own metafictive status’ — Elizabeth Baines, Fictionbitch
‘Royle hasn’t forgotten his readers and as his queasy and, yes, macabre story progresses, the desire to know how the dots join up becomes increasingly urgent’ — Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
‘I’ll be astonished if it doesn’t make the short list of many a prize at the end of the year’ — Naomi Frisby, Bookmunch
Nicholas was interviewed on the Negative Press London blog last year, read it here.