Witty, fast-paced fantasy heist where morality is...debatable.
Kip is a young thief on the hard streets of Tander in the middle of the Sparelands -- a dry, hot piece of hell, hit with frequent and terrible storms. All he wants to do is leave, but first he must save enough to cover fare for the only safe exit in town: the iron wain.
With six months to go, the job of a lifetime lands in his lap: To steal a vial of the Essence -- a piece of myth and legend. He'll do anything to pull it off, but the question is... Will he survive?
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EARLY REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:
"a sand-buckling adventure"
"this is edge of your seat stuff. it just keeps going, from one adventure to the next. I can't wait to see what happens next."
1953. The backstreets of Brighton are buzzing with preparations for the celebrations of the Coronation of Elizabeth II and, at the Grand Theatre, illusionist Teddy Brookes is plotting something crowd-pleasing to crown the occasion—with some assistance from glamorous Soho showgirl Pamela Rose. What the audience can never see is that, hidden behind the smoke and mirrors of his act, there is a whole world of secrets and lies…
And a disappearance boy.
In his acclaimed fourth novel, Neil Bartlett once again performs his trademark trick of slipping into the hidden spaces of queer history and bringing them vividly to life. Originally published in 2013, this new edition includes an introduction by the author and an Afterword with world famous illusionist, Derren Brown.
"Seductive, dark, theatrical and fascinating, Bartlett's writing is spellbinding"—Russell Tovey;
"As someone who works in theatre and live performance, I adored the way Bartlett drew out the characters and life of a backstage world, the glamour and sadness that can sometimes go hand in hand in entertainment. Bartlett writes in a way that draws you personally into the story, yet never lets you fully trust what the outcome may be"—Travis Alabanza
"The Disappearance Boy surrounds us in the crumbling spectacle of British variety entertainment—inviting us to an off-season Brighton where performers in lonely digs navigate their marginalised bodies and identities. They long to defy the boundaries of a restrictive and soon to be outdated world. A hypnotic and haunting journey that conjures the ghosts of variety into unexpected and emotive misdirections—the magic cannot be confined to the stage, but breaks through every page"—Marisa Carnesky
"Vivid characters, a fascinating subject and an expertly evoked setting. Excellent."– Daily Mail
"Bartlett delights in taking that which was once hidden and making it clear for all to see." – Independent
"This book and its enchanting characters had me under their spell. I was bewitched." – Sheila Hancock
"Mysterious, tender and utterly compelling." – S.J. Watson
"One of England's finest writers" – Edmund White
THE NAMING OF MOTHS features stories of magical realism, myths and legends re-imagined, where all the characters are undergoing transformation or facing a pivotal moment of change in their lives. People and animals interchange their shapes. Story landscapes flit from fairy-tale woods to urban homes. Here love, hope and kindness weave between the realities of man's endless talent for cruelty.
What lies behind the gates of the Sanctuary?
'Urgent. Come tomorrow. Can't wait any longer.'
Charli Trenthan plans to leave her hometown of Stone Lake. But when she receives a cryptic message from a member of the Sanctuary, a conservative closed community nestled in the forest, she is determined to find answers.
A gruesome discovery soon lands Charli in hot water with the police, but how is the Sanctuary connected? As she digs deeper, dark secrets are uncovered and the fight to prove her innocence turns into a fight for her life.
A gripping thriller with a shocking conclusion that will leave you spellbound, Deep in the Forest raises questions about who we trust and why.
Can you bear to learn about the troubled past and all the secrets of your dead lover by bringing them back to life in the virtual realm? Is the metaverse the best place to find love beyond the grave?
Malcolm, a young Londoner, is forced to revisit the past after the mysterious suicide of his ex-girlfriend Leonora when he sets up a memorial bot to recreate her as a virtual being to heal his grief. Her past, as it turns out, is a lot more troubled and much darker than expected. Malcolm falls in love again with Leonora's virtual persona. He is a good guy at heart but in his naivety and desperation, he will do everything to keep Leonora, even if this turns him into an accessory to murder.
Address Book is the new work of fiction by the Costa-shortlisted author of Skin Lane. Neil Bartlett's cycle of stories takes us to seven very different times and situations: from a new millennium civil partnership celebration to erotic obsession in a Victorian tenement, from a council-flat bedroom at the height of the AIDS crisis to a doctor's living-room in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, they lead us through decades of change to discover hope in the strangest of places.
Neil says, 'Every place I've ever slept in, I've always wondered about what went on at that address before I moved in. To write this book, I went back to some significant places in my own life and let the walls talk to me. The result of that listening is this new cycle of stories.'
Editor Nathan Evans says, 'I've loved Neil's writing since finding his first book in the university library, so to publish his latest is something of a dream for me. Inkandescent are proud to be working with such an important queer writer with so much to say about where we are and how we got here.'
'Bartlett is a pioneer on and off the page and we are lucky to have him telling our stories'—DAMIAN BARR
'One of England's finest writers'—EDMUND WHITE
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