First Novel by Nicholas Royle

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But Royle is not simply piecing a jigsaw together – his narratives slowly bleed together, offering illumination or muddying the waters. It's an intricate story with an unsettlingly noirish effect.
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Paul Kinder, a novelist with one forgotten book to his name, teaches creative writing in a university in the north-west of England.

Either he's researching his second, breakthrough novel, or he's killing time having sex in cars.

Either eternal life exists, or it doesn't.

Either you'll laugh, or you'll cry.

Or maybe both.
 

About Nicholas Royle

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NICHOLAS ROYLE is the author of six previous novels, including "The Director's Cut" and "Antwerp," as well as two novellas and a short story collection, "Mortality." Born in Manchester in 1963, he runs Nightjar Press, reviews fiction for the" Independent," and is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. He divides his time between Manchester and London.
 
Published January 3, 2013 by Vintage Digital. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by LUCY SCHOLES on Jan 19 2013

But Royle is not simply piecing a jigsaw together – his narratives slowly bleed together, offering illumination or muddying the waters. It's an intricate story with an unsettlingly noirish effect.

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Reviewed by Gerard Woodward on Jan 04 2013

The novel then takes some extremely dark and disturbing turns...but one of the pleasures of the book is how deftly Royle accounts for this darkness, while managing to weave everything together.

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Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on Mar 08 2013

First Novel is highly accomplished, mysterious, engrossing and puzzling — perhaps best suited to those with highly literary tastes, but nonetheless a gripping and dark drama.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Feb 27 2013

Nicholas Royle reflects the fractured nature of personality. We might see different aspects of a character at different times in different circumstances. Only in retrospect can we piece together the most coherent view, looking back with more perfect vision. Sadly, it’s often the case the most chameleon-like of individuals have something to hide.

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