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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (11 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906998108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906998103
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,246,717 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By martin randall on 8 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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By Neo Spork on 31 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Have you ever felt like going out with a bang?

Fireball surprised me by being as good as it is. That isn't to say I was expecting it to be bad, but sometimes you worry when you buy a book by a new author that you might be taking a gamble with your time. This isn't just a good book by a new author. This is an excellent book, period. Keevil controls the etire novel with a command one would expect of a novelist thirty years into his career. The characters exist in such a well-rounded state that they aren't just characters, they're real people. The scene with Chris and Razor (the two main characters of the book) and the man in the turtle neck had me laughing at the absurdity of reality, and the things we indulge as annoyances for no justifiable reason.

The novel taking place as a kind of extended flashback from the perspective of Razor was a stroke of genius, because it allows us to see Chris from the angle of someone who idolises him, instead of Chris's obvious self deprication, painting every concievably bad action in a way that makes us empathise with a character who, in any other fashion, would seem so wholly unlikeable that they would make a terrible protagonist. (Yes, although it is from the perspective of Razor, I consider Chris to be the protagonist). The relationship between the characters also allows us to see a true friendship in such an amazing way that by Chris's suicide, I almost expected Razor to have been forced by Chris to not join him.

This, combined with fantastic narrative voice, a near perfect use of vernacular, a highly unorthadox, yet excellent, structure and a staggeringly deep plot, makes Tyler Keevil's 'Fireball' one of the best novels of 2010.

As previous reviews have said, keep an eye out for Keevil in the future, and his next novel, 'The Canadian Chronicles' later this year. I know I will.
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This book is fantastic! The characters are great and you find yourself drawn into their story immediately, the plot is enthralling. It tells the story of one year in the lives of 4 Canadian teenagers following a heroic act, and all that follows afterwards.

The main character is compelling, and you find yourself thinking about his story well after finishing the novel. What can I say without raving too much? Okay, the story completely sucks you in, I couldn't put this book down. It was written almost cinematically, I felt like I was watching a film in my head, because the metaphors and imagery were so powerful. There is an inevitability throughout the whole book, as though you have a sense of what will happen, but you can't stop yourself reading just the same.

On a superficial level, the cover is much more attractive than it looks in the image supplied by Amazon, it's bronze and embossed; it looks expensive and classic. I have already bought more copies for presents.

Look, I don't want to say too much, because you just HAVE to read it. What I would say is that if I was a teacher, I would buy this book for my teenagers to study. It would make a great present for anyone, but would be a great book particularly for teenage boys, but basically for anybody who enjoys reading as this novel is amazing. I would say that this novel could become a cult classic and should definitely be winning awards for New Writing!

BUY IT! ENJOY! Fireball
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