David Whitehouse's debut novel `Bed' is a blackly comic tale of a family coming to terms with one man's descent into obesity. On his 25th birthday, Malcolm Ede refuses to get out of bed, seeking solace in idleness until he balloons to over 100 stone and becoming the world's fattest man. Meanwhile, his family struggle to cope with Mal's gargantuan size and soon start asking questions about his motives. With deft skill at grotesque prose and grim metaphors, Whitehouse writes with promise, almost making morbid obesity mildly poetic, which is something I'd previously never thought possible. One to watch.