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Memoirs Of A Master Forger [Kindle Edition]

William Heaney
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Moody, poetic, sometimes angry, this is a beautifully written portrait of guilt, forgiveness, and the people who fall between the cracks. Intelligent and well crafted. (Saxon Bullock SFX)

This is an intriguing novel, and great fun. (THE TIMES)

Memoirs of a Master Forger is a morality tale about the angels of redemption and demons of suffering that inhabit a London whose contours were mapped more than two centuries ago by William Blake. Like Blake Heaney's London is a phantasmagoria of feigning and reality located along the embankments of the Thames and in its historic pubs. The tone is world-weary, cynical, compassionate, wry, always superficial. (Kathryn Sutherland TLS)

The novel is an ultimately unplifting feat of storytelling which grips the reader to the very last page. A sophisticated horror-fantasy. (Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN)

"Warm, exuberant and very funny, full of both justified anger and determined optimism." (Mat Coward MORNING STAR)

He's engaging company is Heaney: amusing, urbane, perhaps verging on the pub bore. I had fun with Master forger. (Paul Marland DEATHRAY)

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A beautifully written account of a life lived on the edge - of the law, of love, of sobriety, of madness

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U94SF2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Graham Joyce is an internationally published multiple award-winning British author.
He has won the O Henry Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Angus Award and the Grand Pix de L'Imaginaire.
In 1988 he quit his job to live on a Greek island and there wrote his first published novel "Dreamside"
His work has been translated into over twenty languages.
He has also published under the name of William Heaney.
He co-writes lyrics with French pop musician Emilie Simon.
His non-fiction includes the footballing memoir "Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular"
You can find out more about him at his website: www.grahamjoyce.co.uk

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT, BUT VERY ENJOYABLE 25 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
I was curious when I first heard about this. And now I am glad I have read it.
Book description is above so won't go into too much detail. I think it is a very well written book that will appeal to alot of different people. There is a bit of the occult, a bit of romance, demons (interesting creatures!), family relationships, engaging and funny at times, the list goes on. It is very well put together and will not only get you thinking but will give you a great story as well.
It is definitely 'different' than the usual fiction I read, and a book I would recommend everyone should read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy 14 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The first book from the autobiographical author William Heaney - or rather, the latest novel from much-respected genre author Graham Joyce - is first and foremost a character study of a flawed, likeable man, making amends for events in his past that has left him feeling as though he has been cursed (And left with the ability to see demons, natch).

The story moves through Heaney's life in the present - his unrewarding job on a young person's governmental forum, his masterminding of the forgery of rare books (Which he seems to do purely out of a sense of mischief, and to fund the local homeless shelter), his relationships with his friends, and a growing romance with the mysterious Yasmin - with episodes from the story of his past, the tragic events that led him to be the person he is today. As usual with Joyce, the novel is structurally flawless, the prose style simple yet poetic (and often powerfully moving).

The idea of the demons is a fascinating one. These are not the evil, fiery hellspawn of popular imagination (or Buffy) but something else entirely, called Demons by Heaney out of convenience. Creepy, 3-D shadows that cluster around a person, or climb up upon them, these demons are more like visible dooms or character flaws than anything else, something which makes them strangely believable, and endlessly fascinating. This supernatural element is handled carefully, never becoming too forward in the narrative and more-or-less staying within the protagonist's perspective - leading to that "is he imagining it all, or isn't he?" frisson that inhabits many of Joyce's novels. Could he even, in fact, be lying about it?

Because forgeries and falsehoods are the major theme of the book, and are threaded throughout the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 20 Nov 2008
By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is an odd book, but very satisfying, page-turney and thought provoking.

William Heaney (the "author") runs a youth charity, props up a shelter for the homeless with the proceeds of his book forging racket and hobnobs with junior Ministers. And he drinks - quite a lot.

And he can see demons. How this came to be, and what it means, is gradually teased out as the narrative weaves between William now and student William, with a dash of the experiences of a Gulf War veteran. It's all blended very skilfully - whoever the "real" William is* they can tell a cracking story.

(Oh - and the book's probably worth the price just as a guide to historic London pubs.)

*Graham Joyce
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5.0 out of 5 stars Did not know what to expect 26 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book because of the characters and the fact that it was not a life that someone might not live. Demons are nicely tackled and it is an interesting concept.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. 9 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I dont think I can add anything new here, just wanted to say thanks Graham for a great read, I think this is your best book so far.
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