Gallic acquires Fish House by Edward Carey

Following the great success of Little, a semi-fictionalised biography of Madame Tussaud, Gallic Books has snapped up another tour de force from acclaimed author Edward Carey: Fish House. (Pub. September, 2019 – UK, Europe & BC ex Can)

We’re all familiar with the story of Pinocchio. With not a little help from Disney, the tale of the wooden-puppet-made-flesh is seared into our cultural consciousness. But do we really know it as well as we might think? Take Geppetto, the carpenter-creator of the eponymous hero, for example. In the line-up of famous literary characters, his figure might cut a smaller shape than most…

I am writing this account, in another man’s book, by candlelight, inside the belly of a fish. I have been eaten…

So begins this haunting reimagining of the damp, dismal years endured by Pinocchio’s father when trapped within the belly of a shark. In absolute isolation and with no hope of escape, Geppetto’s harrowing account of man in extremis becomes the perfect vessel for something rich, strange, and utterly unique.

Jane Aitken, founder and MD of Gallic books, said: “Part cri de coeur, part tribute to the importance of art and part psychological study, Edward Carey’s latest book will undoubtedly leave its mark on the literary landscape for generations to come. Reading Fish House it’s easy to see how Carey has garnered high praise from the likes of Margaret Atwood, AL Kennedy, Max Porter and Celeste Ng.”

Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann said: “Fish House not only showcases Carey’s extraordinary flair for writing, it also contains beautiful images and photographs of the ingenious creations Geppetto fashions in his imprisonment. That unique Carey-esque touch is clear, but the work has moved on from the delicate drawings of Little into a new, uncanny realm with this underwater story.”

With unrivalled verbal ingenuity, dark imaginings and an organic capacity for wonder, Carey transmutes his world-famous source material into something entirely his own. Suffused with the delicate horror of the finest fairytales, the fantastical premise of Fish House becomes, in Carey’s capable hands, an enigmatic, moving, and quintessentially human tale.

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