When Duncan Fallowell was left some money by a friend he decided to put into practice a long held idea - to travel as far as possible from home so that he need never travel again and could relax. For him this meant travelling to New Zealand, where another fantasy soon asserted itself - 'to find the place of perfect exile'. Fallowell's curiosity leads him onto the strangest paths and he found himself in pursuit of unknown painters and lost buildings and sex underground, of Karl Popper and a creature with the third eye and rose wine, of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier who'd toured the country in the year of Fallowell's birth, of suicidal writers and nuns and elusive answers to impossible questions. The faraway paradise gradually turns into a glittering stranger on the Pacific rim, filled with the uncertainties of our times - but also a wonderful place to breathe. The result is a moving encounter with the past, an anxious gaze into the future, but most of all a vivid voyage through the contemporary world, by turns profound, comical and erotic.
Duncan Fallowell was born in London in 1948. He is a writer and his work is controversial. See the 'unofficial' website www.duncanfallowell.com. Re the videos: the first, 'blue' one is called Happy Family (3); the second is called Patricia Highsmith On Love And Fear; and the third is Fallowell and Graham Greene reminiscing about Goa at Greene's flat in Antibes. These and more can be found on the YouTube channel mrduncanfallowell. He is currently working on a new novel, an album of abstract electronic songs, and an installation called Time The Dreamkiller.
'How To Disappear' was awarded the PEN Ackerley Prize for Memoir in July 2012