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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd (16 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908737344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908737342
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Hill was born in 1984 and grew up in Tameside, Greater Manchester. After completing a journalism degree at Cardiff University, he became a copywriter. Matt currently lives and works in London. He's on Twitter @matthewhill.

Matt's first novel, THE FOLDED MAN, was runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize and published by Sandstone Press in 2013. His second novel, GRAFT, will be published by Angry Robot Books in early 2016.

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Praise for THE FOLDED MAN:

'Captures the smell and essence of Britain through its main character, his desires, addictions and strange courage. Written with direct vividness that keeps one inside its totally realised world.' - Stephen Fry, Dundee International Book Prize judge 2012

'Some combination of Raymond Chandler, Trainspotting, and Philip K. Dick, Hill's unsettling novel is not an escapist fantasy, but rather a call to arms, a plea to change the future.' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'A memorable debut with pathos, dark humour and true heart.' - INTERZONE

'Reads like Coetzee with ADHD . . . a stunning debut.' - LITRO

'The Folded Man, with its well realised fictional world and its oddly captivating, all too human protagonist, is a very promising debut indeed.' - THE SKINNY

'Some scenes are so brilliantly dark, perverse and engaging that your skin tingles with excitement . . . Matt Hill is one to watch out for.' - THE LIST

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'The Folded Man captures the smell and essence of Britain through its main character, his desires, addictions and strange courage. Written with direct vividness that keeps one inside its totally realised world.' ---Stephen Fry

'A memorable debut with pathos, dark humour and true heart.' ---Interzone Magazine

'Quite simply, The Folded Man reads like Coetzee with ADHD.' - --Litro

'The rhythmic writing style is perfect, and some scenes are so brilliantly dark, perverse and engaging that your skin tingles with excitement.' --- The List

'The Folded Man, with its well realised fictional world and its oddly captivating, all too human protagonist, is a very promising debut indeed.' --- The Skinny

About the Author

Matt Hill was born in 1984 and grew up in Tameside, Greater Manchester. After completing a journalism degree at Cardiff University, he trained as a copywriter. Matt currently lives and works in London. You'll find him on Twitter @matthewhill.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By craig on 14 May 2013
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The Folded Man was runner up in The Dundee Book Prize, and Stephen Fry himself said "the book captures the smell and essence of Britain."
So, expectations were high.
I was blown away.
Books lately seem plastered with quotes from other authors and the press, who throw words around like extraordinary, vivid and original; but the books never are.
The Folded Man is all three, and more.
I finished The Folded Man in four days because I couldn't put it down. I read in a coffee shop in Bermondsey and sat back frequently to mull over the ideas the writer was putting into my head.
The little snippets of delightful descriptions, twists of phrases and turns of wording; of which there are many.
Matt Hill has one distinctive voice, he's set The Folded Man in an image of Britain around the corner from here...The events, the people, the life and the living it are so relatable the reader breathes in the smoke from the fires, and touches the fear of the characters burning inside.
Brian is disabled and a bit of a mermaid, of sorts. He has his addictions, he wants to be left alone to rot; but then in this place nobody seems to get what they want.
The Folded Man is a must read.
A 'put whatever book you are reading down and start reading this book instead' book.
And that, is exactly what you should do.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2013
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As a resident of Manchester - where this book is set - I was really looking forward to reading this, but sadly it left me disappointed.

It starts so well. It's the near future, 2018 to be precise, and Manchester has changed. Terrorists have brought down the Beetham Tower (a 40-odd storey tower block in the city centre) and the city is under curfew conditions due to riots, the Town Hall now a sinister citadel where "things" happen to those who are taken there. We follow Brian Meredith, a disabled addict who cooks his own hair, through this strange landscape, over to Yorkshire where he attends a very strange conference, and a mysterious box changes his life and the lives of those who open it.

Despite Brian being almost impossible to like or sympathise with I enjoyed the early section of the book, seeing this desolate vision of Manchester and picturing the locations via my own knowledge of the city, but it soon lurched into sci-fi silliness for me, what with invisible vehicles and so on, and the second half of the story was just preposterous, the ending utterly ridiculous. Such a shame, as it showed great promise at the start.

Not my thing I'm afraid.
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By MiasBeck on 13 Feb. 2015
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Brian, wheelchair-bound and ugly, in Manchester, in 2018, together with Noah, his old buddy, his old pal, his old drug dealer. Manchester in ruins after riots. Beetham tower laid down. Police raids, skin-heads plunder. No good time to walk or wheel alone. Brian and Noah, on a spying job, get hold of a mysterious box and things are getting really rough for them. A change, a metamorphosis, a nightmare, and then possibly a dream.

Spartan language, dialogs without tags (Saramago style), Northern England idioms. All this made it a hard read. I almost gave up after a third, thinking the language barrier is just too high for this ESL reader. Like surmount a road blockade on a wheelchair, this was. But – I managed, tuned in somehow. Still don't know exactly what it's all about, but I really do like it. Brian, the folded man, demands a re-read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stark on 29 Aug. 2013
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Just to make it clear, I'm not a fan of fantasy literature, I've never read a dystopian novel before (other than 1984, of course), and I wouldn't know who Matt Hill is even if he bumped into me in a crowded cafe and knocked hot chocolate down my best shirt. Despite all that, I loved this book. I was hooked from page one by his masterful turn of phrase. Here is a debut writer who knows how to write, and this novel makes me excited about what he may come up with next.

I've given this book five stars because I loved the gritty reality that the author created, so much so that I could sometimes feel the grime of future-Manchester beneath my skin. He also has a turn of phrase that occasionally spills into brilliance.

Did I love everything? No. I wasn't crazy-mad about the fantasy element, but that's just me. And more importantly, that's the thing about a story: there is no right or wrong way for a story to play out; there are a million possibilities and the author chooses the one that reflects who he or she is at the time of writing. What I loved about The Folded Man was sufficient that I really look forward to Matt's next book, for the simple reason that I believe it will be a well-written piece of edgy literature. I'm hoping he uses that amazing voice to tell a completely different kind of story, but you can be certain that whatever he writes I will buy it.

In my opinion this book deserves to be much more widely recognised than it is (at the very least, every household in Manchester should have a copy). I genuinely hope that more and more people will become aware of this book in the years to come as the author builds a distinctive body of work. If Matt Hill was a horse, I'd put money on him. `Nuff said.
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The writing style is fresh and engaging. Think Will Self and Irvine Welsh. However, the end is Harry Potter/Back to the Future/Splash! and doesn't take the time to build its own convincing world here. Leaving me undecided. This isn't a reason not to read. It's just to say the end isn't the best bit of this otherwise very good, perhaps even excellent, novel.
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