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In Southern Waters [Paperback]

Ian Marchant
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12 Oct 2000

Caroline Woolfit, non-smoking vegetarian and wannabe new-age traveller, soon discovers that her new housemates at 23 Bloomsbury Place are a strange lot. There's Blossom, the writer manqué and betting-shop intellectual, Dave, the sexy sailor with a boat on the roof and Cats, who sniffs ladies' underwear. Not to mention Frances, the cultural studies lecturer.

As soon as Caroline puts her suitcase down they nick her stereo. From then on it is all downhill.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (12 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575402636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575402638
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Marchant wasn't born in Newhaven in East Sussex in 1958, but he often claims that he was because of his deep embarrasment about his real place of birth.
But he really did grow up there, and went to school there, and he still sees it as home, even though it quite clearly isn't, given that he lives 250 miles away in Mid-Wales.
He didn't make a living singing in bands in the late 1970's and early 1980's; nor did he become a civil engineer in the late 1980's, as he didn't have any facility for the maths. He was surprised to learn recently that he didn't graduate in the History and Philosophy of Science with a Creative Writing Minor from Lancaster University in 1992. He really did live in a caravan for many years, but he didn't share it with a chicken called Ginger, who was rather an occasional visitor.
He put his career as a novelist on hold when his second novel 'The Battle for Dole Acre',(whose title he can't pronounce),didn't really sell. He didn't know much about railways or pubs when he started writing his acclaimed travel memoirs 'Parallel Lines' and 'The Longest Crawl',(though he does now). He did stay awake for countless nights to write his latest book 'Something of the Night'. He's now not writing a new book (provisional title 'A Hero for High Times') because he's writing this instead.
He does, however, teach Creative Writing at Birmingham City University, support Brighton and Hove Albion and sing in a cheesy cabaret duo called 'Your Dad', even though he's not really your dad, unless he is.
You can read his blog, which he doesn't update enough, via his website,

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Book Description

Blackly comic novel which does for Brighton what WITHNAIL & I did for Camden Town.

About the Author

Ian Marchant is a writer, broadcaster and performer. He has written numerous books, made several programmes for BBC Radio and is also a lecturer at Birmingham City University.

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Having been fortunate enough to get hold of an advance copy, I simply have to let Amazon's other customers know what a joy Ian Marchant's book is. Set in Brighton, this immensely entertaining debut novel tells the stories of a disparate group of badly behaved characters who share a huge house where they live life on the margins of society. As they go about their business, ekeing out a living and indulging in conspicuous hedonism, the book explores the ways in which different generations and different worlds interact and reflect upon each other. By turns witty, scurrilous and poignant, 'In Southern Waters' is hilarious throughout, employing a fresh and surprising range of literary tricks and techniques to draw us into its soul. Marchant is above all a humanist, who knows that everybody has their reasons, and shows generosity and compassion for the outsiders, the losers, the ugly and the dispossessed. His world is untidy but never squalid, neglected but never cold, misshapen but never grotesque. He sees to the heart of what matters in life and relationships and holds up a cracked mirror to all of us - and there is nothing in fiction more satisfying and more difficult than that. If there is a true heir to Nick Hornby's crown then Ian Marchant is definitely it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ian Marchant is a comic genius 8 Dec 2000
Smutty, scabrous, witty, drugridden...and that's just the cover. Tom Sharpe meets Withnail and I. A wonderfully entertaining read. Don't get it for your Granny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amusing tales from 90s bohemia 9 April 2000
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A first novel, seemingly drawn from experience as first novels often, are (the author once opened the door to me in a t-shirt with only a frosted glass door for protection). More a collection of stories than a novel as such, but definitely worth reading. If you have lived in Lancaster or Brighton, no doubt you will derive some entertainment from trying to spot characters that seem familiar, but it would still be a fun read if you came from Mars. Really this should be a spoken book, because read out loud at the local Spotlight Club the golfing story had everyone in the terminal stages of incontinence.
A blinding read and I am not just saying that cos I know him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary first novel. 9 Mar 2000
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Ian Marchant tells the stories of a disparate group of people and knits them together to form a surprisingly cohesive novel. What could have been a selection of very funny short stories turns into a particularly believable picture of contemporary life in Brighton which draws the reader in. I laughed my socks off, but was also very moved by the characters, their lives and their ways of dealing with small hardships and great infamies.
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