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Nothing To Be Afraid Of
by Will Eaves
An earthquake strikes at the heart of London, its epicenter a theatre where a lavish production of "The Tempest" has just opened. Thus the scene is set for Will Eaves's gloriously deft tragicomedy of our time. "Nothing To Be Afraid Of" is both a lament for hope abandoned and innocence betrayed, and an exquisite comic pageant of Shakespearian vitality and compassion: an inc ...more
Published by Picador USA
(first published May 4th 2005)
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Will Eaves's The Absent Therapist was one of my favourite novels of 2015, and yet another wonderful discovery courtesy of the Goldsmiths Prize. In my review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) I commented that The Absent Therapist stretched the novel form close to breaking point, indeed arguably it qualified as a novel purely because the author tells us that was his intention, with shades of the micro-fiction of Lydia Davis and the polyphonic voices of Pessoa's Book of Disquiet, yet with ...more
An unusual and unusually understated book - I'm not sure I can describe it adequately. Sibling rivalry, double identities, a madwoman not in an attic, an earthquake in London, actors, being gay in the early 70s (before it was 'ok' to be gay) - this novel has a lot going on. Well worth the read though - the characters are all compelling in their own ways.