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10th November 2014


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The Islanders

(Les Insulaires)

Author Pascal Garnier


All is not well in the cradle of liberty…

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All is not well in the cradle of liberty…

It’s a few days before Christmas in Versailles. Olivier has come to bury his mother, but the impending holidays and icy conditions have delayed the funeral.

While trapped in limbo at his mother’s flat, a chance encounter brings Olivier back in touch with childhood friend Jeanne and her blind brother, Rodolphe.

Rodolphe suggests they have dinner together, along with a homeless man he’s taken in. As the wine flows, dark secrets are spilled, and there’s more than just hangovers to deal with the next morning…

‘Garnier plunges you into a bizarre, overheated world, seething death, writing, fictions and philosophy. He’s a trippy, sleazy, sly and classy read.’ A. L. Kennedy
‘…wickedly fun stuff, and wonderfully dark scenes (and horrible people) from modern life.’The Complete Review
‘The perfect subversive Christmas read’ Mr B’s Bookshop
‘The perfect antidote to saccharine Christmas tales’Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
‘A banquet of darkly comic noir’ Shiny New Books
‘The ultimate anti-feel-good Christmas story … how does Garnier manage to deliver, again and again, in such succinct formats, a devastatingly accurate description of people on the margins of society and on the borderline of alcoholism and madness?’ Finding Time to Write
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