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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Myriad Editions; 1st edition (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908434317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908434319
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tyler Keevil is a novelist and short story author from Vancouver, Canada. He studied English at the University of British Columbia, and and while there participated in an exchange program that brought him to Lancaster University. After graduating, he moved to Prague with a suitcase full of books to study the craft of writing. When his money ran out, he returned to the UK on a working visa and settled in Wales. There he got a job with Theatr Powys, a theatre in education company, and at the same time began submitting his stories to various periodicals. Since then, he has received several awards for his short fiction and filmmaking, most notably a Writer of the Year Award from Writers Inc. of London and the Welsh Dragon Award at the Newport Film Festival. He writes both literary and genre fiction, and his work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including Brace, Black Static, Brittle Star, Interzone, New Welsh Review, and On Spec. While living in Wales Tyler returned to school to study for his MA in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, and is now in the process of completing his PhD there.

To help fund his studies and writing, Tyler has worked at a variety of jobs in Canada and the UK: as a tree-planter in northern BC, a deckhand on an ice barge, a labourer in the Canfisco shipyards, and also in various factories, bakeries, restaurants, and video stores. These experiences have informed and inspired much of his short fiction. He now lectures in Creating Writing at the University of Gloucestershire, and lives in Mid Wales with his wife and son.

His debut novel Fireball was published in 2010, and was longlisted for Wales Book of the Year, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize, and received the Media Wales People's Prize 2011. This year he has two new books due out: The Drive and Burrard Inlet. The Drive will be published by Myriad Editions in August 2013, and tells the story of Trevor, who embarks on an epic North American road trip in an effort to mend a broken heart, with only a flea-ridden cat as a companion. Soon after, Parthian Books will be releasing Burrard Inlet, Tyler's first collection of short stories, most of which are set in his native Vancouver, and revolve around his work and travel experiences.

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"The narrative is packed with so many quirky diversions and oddballs that... you're happy to have joined him for the ride." --Financial Times

'A hilarious and engaging anti-Kerouac road novel... an author whose charm is set to stun...inventive and... casually hilarious... from postmodern to full-on emotional commitment; not least in terms of literary miles on the clock, Keevil's second novel is quite a trip.' --New Welsh Review

About the Author

Tyler Keevil grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and now lives in Mid Wales. His first novel Fireball won the Wales Book of the Year People's Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker prize. His short fiction has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies.


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Format: Paperback
THE DRIVE is contemporary road trip novel about Trevor, a Canadian drunk driving from Vancouver to a brothel in Nevada.

Trevor is working as a cameraman on a bad independent movie when he gets dumped by his long-distance girlfriend, Zuzska, resident of Prague and heroin of mythological beauty, wit, originality and courage (or ‘unbeleivable’) . Suffering from post-dumping erectile-dysfunction and believing the movie and his part in it to be a failure, Trevor sells his camera to finance a drunken road trip to the States where he will visit various non-random towns, including one called Trevor, a brothel near Winnemucca, Nevada and perhaps his and Zuzska’s mutual lesbian friend in SF. He imagine his member will come back to life in a bordelo.

It’s a Fool’s Journey / Pilgrim’s Progress book: Trevor passing through the stations of the cross. Trevor himself is quite a likeable character, though completely unbelievable and it is quite strange that a writer like Keevil, writing a first person novel about a character much like I imagine he sees himself, can do it, because very little else succeeds.

Basically, Trevor goes from town to town, meeting morally educative characters, pursued by a motorcycle gang, accompanied by hallucinations of Zuzska. Sometimes, there are some quite funny lines. There are no funny scenes, though there should be. As a book about alcohol, it is a complete failure. As a road trip, it is a big fat cliché and a bore. At times it feels like BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, often like Scorsese’s AFTER HOURS, never like Stone’s U-TURN and could not be less like WILD AT HEART.
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By JDM on 2 Nov. 2014
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I have never read a book so enjoyable as this. As a young guy in my mid twenties I felt I was really able to feel where the protagonist is coming from in this novel. It is superbly written and very funny, and it is also empathetic to what can really hurt us as human beings. Trevor, the subject of the book, goes on a road trip of self discovery, healing, of sexual re-gratification (he can't get it up) and of adventure; an doing this under the overbearing yoke of certainty that he is not very good at the entire road trip business. It's and adolescent tantrum that escalates to an epic with more trials than he should have been able to handle, but we are still routing for him nonetheless. The book is, as I have said, empathetic to what really hurts us as people: for instance, Trevor has gone on his journey to see a friend in San Francisco since his girlfriend cheated on him - and that is it - his girlfriend cheated on him. It would seem so trivial and common to hear that kind of story but sometimes we forget how devastating that can be to us and the people around us - or - we don't let it be as devastating as it feels it is because cheating is so common, and thus we miss out on some glorious emotional wreckage. So I felt for Trevor, and I was glad to let him have his tantrum because it is something I think many feel they need to have, and yet cant. To call a broken relationship a devastation is admittedly a very first-world problem and it pails in comparison to the struggles of others, but as westerners it's a pain that still exists and this book is filled with enough adolescence and young stupidity to warrant his a pain being the sole reason for this trip.

Overall you know my verdict.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By martin randall on 12 Sept. 2013
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This is a fine novel that details a 'coming-of-age' car journey down the West Coast of Canada and the U.S. that involves all kinds of adventures, epiphanies, comic set-pieces and moments of pathos. On the surface it's a picaresque ride through North America - from urban sprawl to small town to the desert wilderness in the company of a reckless young man trying to escape from the memories of a failed relationship. There are wild moments of drunken, stoned exuberance, violence, crime and absurdity that invite inevitable comparisons with 'On the Road' and 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas' but, for me, 'The Drive', like so much of Keevil's work, ends up radically dismantling the conventional masculine codes of being and behaviour that those earlier texts arguably take for granted. Keevil is concerned with such discourses of machismo and the last third of the novel, without giving too much away, provides a genuinely transgressive deconstruction of gender and sexuality. A rare visceral and intellectual experience that is also enormous fun.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms P Brinnen on 13 Sept. 2013
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This is a page turning blast of a read that was seemingly over much too quickly! I relished the slick and vibrant prose that enabled me to traverse the landscape of this character driven action. Each diverse section reflects the scope and integrity of Canadian/North American identity; its random encounters, from misgivings eased with luck and vice to affirmation of loneliness and familiarity - all in a fictional fortnight. What a fantastic trip it was too. Genius.
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