'An original and well-received debut' -- Publishing News
'Bizarre, compelling and totally original in structure. Not only a dynamic debut but, more importantly, a cracking good read' -- Luton on Sunday
'Blackbox is an intense conceptual comic thriller. It's very skilfully done' -- Big Issue
'Brilliantly developed... Darkly comic' -- Independent
'Funny, black as soot and totally fascinating' -- Big Issue in the North
'Nicely judged blend of black comedy and mystery...morbidly funny' -- Leeds Guide
'Nick Walker's Blackbox is the best first novel I've read for a while: original, intelligent, compelling and written in perfect bite-sized chunks -- Patrick Neate, Guardian
'One of the year's outstanding debuts' -- Time Out
Admirable...moving -- Observer
Walker offers an active imagination, wild morbidity, a sense of Ballardian mythology and wonder... prose of pared distinction -- Guardian
From the Back Cover
Cross a road, take a train or get on an aeroplane and you put your life in the hands of a stranger - as screwed up, as fallible, as human as you are. Then they turn out not to be a stranger at all, and suddenly it's much worse.
So, meet an apparently disparate group of people - a comedian whose sole gag consists of committing suicide, an airline pilot terrified of flying, a psychiatrist more in need of therapy than his patients and an air hostess trying to do the right thing - all of whom are connected to the tragic death of a stowaway on a flight into Birmingham in 1978.
Twenty three years later, and despite their attempts to build new lives, the connections begin to emerge and, along with them, the truth about what happened. It's a truth held on stolen black box recordings, answer machine tapes, sitcom out-takes and court transcripts.
Blackbox is the story of an attempt to erase a life on tape.
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