Novella-like in form, Magnus Mills' Three to See the King
is an uneasy read that transports the reader to a unique fictional setting where the familiar is strangely unfamiliar. Known for his Kafka-esque nightmares, Mills tells the abstract fable of an unnamed man, living in isolation in a tin house, who must choose between a solitary existence and joining the mass exodus of his neighbours. Through simple, deadpan prose, a keen eye for human nature and abrasive wit, Mills not only captures the dull emptiness of the unimagined life but comments allegorically on solitude and society, religion and civilisation, labour and capital. Mills, whose other books include Booker-shortlisted The Restraint of Beasts
and All Quiet on the Orient Express
, is an absorbing, disturbing writer who is refining his observations with each new book. --Nicola Perry
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'Mills's particularly rural comedy – in which only locals are allowed to order the interesting biscuits in the village shop – shares its anthropological glee with The League of Gentlemen…. Three To See The King is even stranger, sparser and more daring; as Mills steps back from fables of alienated labour to Beckettian first principles, his closed system closes in… It shouldn't be a speedy page-turner, but it is; light reading with real depth, this is philosophy for fiction-lovers.' Justine Jordan, Guardian
'Magnus Mills is a genius… an extraordinary individual with a completely unique view of the world, who makes sense of it in totally unexpected and inexplicable ways. It's rare that you finish a book feeling so richly satisfied.' Big Issue
'A spare but absorbing tale in which Mills handles weighty issues of charismatic leadership, blind faith, and the interdependence of human beings, with a light, dextrous touch.' Charlotte Mosley, Daily Mail