Wild Life by Liam Brown

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While the scenario isn’t entirely plausible, this remains a compelling, chilling investigation into the dark instincts of masculinity.
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The new novel from the Guardian Not the Booker-shortlisted author of Real Monsters


Longlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize 2016


'Compelling, chilling investigation into the dark instincts of masculinity' -- Guardian


'...as intoxicating as home-distilled hooch.' -- Stephen May, Costa Novel Award-shortlisted author


'...inventive, finely written and disturbing.'-- Jim Crace, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author


When we moved into the wild, the wild moved into us.


When a troubled advertising salesman loses his job, the fragile wall between his public and private personas comes tumbling down. Fleeing his debtors, Adam abandons his family and takes to sleeping rough in a local park, where a fraternity of homeless men befriend him.


As the months pass, Adam gradually learns to appreciate the tough new regime, until winter arrives early, threatening to turn his paradise into a nightmare.


Starving, exhausted and sick of the constant infighting, Adam decides to return to his family. The men, however, have other plans for him. With time running out, and the stakes raised unbearably high, Adam is forced to question whether any of us can truly escape the wildness within.

 

About Liam Brown

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Liam Brown is the lead singer and guitarist in the band Freelance Mourners. He is the author of Real Monsters.
 
Published June 13, 2016 by Legend Press. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Emily Rhodes on Jul 08 2016

While the scenario isn’t entirely plausible, this remains a compelling, chilling investigation into the dark instincts of masculinity.

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