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Fireball (Bright Young Things (Quality)) [Paperback]

Tyler Keevil
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11 Oct 2010 Bright Young Things (Quality)
It's the end of an intensely hot summer in Vancouver, and Razor's complex and misunderstood best friend Chris has just driven a stolen police car through a road block and over a cliff to his death. Fireball takes us back to the start of that relentless summer, and unravels the events leading to Chris's death as we follow four teenagers through the months that will come to define their future. First hailed as heroes for saving a drowning woman, they attract unwanted attention as minor local celebrities, but this respect is quickly replaced with envy and then harrassment. Tyler, with the assured and confident air of a seasoned author, keeps the pressure building, right up to final fiery climax.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (11 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906998108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906998103
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,410 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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"Stylishly written and immensely readable, Fireball gives notice of an impressive new talent, Tyler Keevil is a name to watch out for" Jem Poster --Jem Poster

"I had enormous trouble putting it down" Matthew Francis --Matthew Francis

"I had enormous trouble putting it down" Matthew Francis --Matthew Francis

About the Author

Tyler was raised in Vancouver, Canada. He first came to the UK in 1999 to study English and Lancaster University. Since immigrating to Wales, he has been fortunate enough to receive several awards for his short fiction. His work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. A short film he wrote recently showed on ITV Wales, and another picked up the Welsh Dragon Award at the Newport International Film Festival. In 2008 Tyler completed an MA in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth, and has gone on to start a PhD. To pay the bills, he works part-time in a factory near his hometown of Llanidloes, and has recently started lecturing in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Debut 8 Mar 2011
A captivating debut novel that's funny, moving and written with great pace and a evocative sense of place. The characters, in particular the two friends Razor and Chris, are nuanced and utterly believable. There are literary echoes here, from 'The Catcher in the Rye' to 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', and the novel explores the complexities of male friendship with admirable honesty and humour. Also, the structure of the novel is compellingly adventurous, as it holds off the dramatic climax with great skill, setting up suspenseful set-pieces and enjoying the pleasures of youth: fighting, drinking, smoking, partying and falling in and out of love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read all about it! 25 Nov 2010
Fireball is a car crash in slow motion.Time becomes elastic in this ingenious narrative where characaters and events are revealed in startling clarity. Tyler Keevil has created something that stays in the imagination long after the book is put down. Funny. Tragic. Beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I agree 26 April 2013
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This really is a good book, one that stays with you, a little haunting even...What has been said by the other reviewers is true. Buy it!!
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