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The Knife Drawer (Salt Modern Fiction) [Kindle Edition]

Padrika Tarrant
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE AUTHORS’ CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2012 In the house where Marie lives, the cutlery is running wild … Madness and fairy story creep hand in hand in this darkly comic tale. At the top of a narrow driveway there is a shambling Victorian house full of dust and stairs. The walls inside are ancient emulsion, sloughing off the distemper walls in gorgeous ribbons. The mice that infest the dining room chimney-breast are living out their own dreams and nightmares, learning voodoo and the meaning of love and forgiveness. In The Knife Drawer, dead bodies miraculously vanish as if scraped to nothing by pudding spoons. Marie’s mother has rather lost her wits since she did away with her husband. She could swear they’re out to get her; even the house gets messy on purpose, all by itself. Marie’s twin is living in a hole in the back-garden, small and round as a cherry pip, waiting to be discovered. In The Knife Drawer the steak knives grow so hungry that they scream. When the children murder the rent man, things get a little out of hand …

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Man Booker juries like small publishers and debut novelists, so how about this as the wild card? Tarrant is the author of a collection of (very short) short stories, Broken Things, which demonstrated her sensitivity, originality and keen sense of the darkness of life. All elements to the fore in this creepy, gothic first novel about a house and its mice. -- Suzi Feay We Love This Book


Padrika Tarrant’s imagination is not a comfortable place to be, but it is darkly addictive. (Sarah Bower Ink Sweat and Tears blog)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1174 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Salt (16 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...trippy...fantastical dark story telling 23 April 2014
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was very unsure about this book when I started. It is unique in its style and content but as I began to fall into this strange world I found it took over me and I could not put it down. I felt drawn into it so that I can still see it in my mind even now and I most definitely will never look at cutlery in the same way!

This is story telling in the very best way. Am sure not to everyone's taste but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising 21 Mar. 2015
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A mesmerising book. Couldn't put it down. It is so unusual and brilliant! Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 7 Oct. 2013
This was very different from my usual reads but I read it for personal reasons and found it to very good.
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