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The Late Hector Kipling [Hardcover]

David Thewlis
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Review

'A fine study in character disintergration and a very funny satire on the contemporary art world.' -- David Baddiel, The Times

'A queasily entertaining carnival of art and self-destruction.' -- FT Magazine

'All of Thewlis's vigour and his prose is pungent and splendidly sweary can't relive [Hector's] downward trajectory...Recklessly, exhausingly energetic.'
-- Art Quarterly

'The novel gains in its conviction as Hector's life starts to unravel, and its conclusion is hideous and merciless'
-- Timeout

'Thewlis has a driving, spiky prose style and a way with blackly comic scenarios.' -- New Statesman

'Thewlis has an eye for grotesque minutiae and, unsurprisingly for an esteemed actor, a real feel for dialogue and wordplay.'
-- The List

'Thewlis...has successfully transferred his talents to the page, displaying a sharp ear for dialogue and a scabrously satiric prose style.' -- Daily Mail

'[Thewlis] great debut novel is a wry account of a spoilt middle-man's collapse.' -- InStyle

'hugely inventive and entertaining tale...often laugh-out-loud funny. An exceptionally fine debut.' -- Morning Star

'wonderful entertainment...a funny and successful satire of the contemporary art world...written with a black and cynical honesty.' -- Observer

Book Description

Hector Kipling is an artist. He has his health, loving parents, a beautiful girlfriend, good mates, and talent in abundance (or at least, more abundance than most, and certainly more than his friend Kirk, if not quite as much as their other friend, Lenny -- although, actually, Hector would argue that while Lenny's received more recognition for his art, most of that recognition is misplaced). What more could he ask for (besides the same level of recognition that Lenny gets, that is)? But once Hector's life starts to unravel, it doesn't take long at all for it to fall completely and irreparably apart. In fact, as Hector discovers, it's amazing just how quickly a life can disintegtrate. From settees to stalkers, con-men to corpses, S&M to the Tate Modern, The Late Hector Kipling is a warm and witty novel about the not so warm and witty world of art. And death.

About the Author

David Thewlis was born in Blackpool in 1963. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated in 1985. His first feature film performance was in director Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet. Since then he has appeared in films as diverse as Total Eclipse, Seven Years in Tibet and Besieged. In 1995 he wrote and directed a short film called Hello, Hello, Hello and, in 2003, Cheeky. In addition to his film and television work, Thewlis has also starred on the stage, including Sam Mendes' The Sea at the Royal National Theatre.
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