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The Alarming Palsy of James Orr Paperback – 5 Jul 2018

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (5 July 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178378394X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783783946
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Crisp and slim... It has a dash of Kafka, but it's also subtly propulsive... Lee writes with elegance and concision, conveying James's growing distress and disconnection Observer

'[With] a sober and unsettling voice [...] Lee's prose is marked by an understated descriptive acuity. His eye for detail is sharp [...] but the real accomplishment of Tom Lee's novel is its haunting evocation of the insidiously dystopian climate of English suburbia -- TLS

'In this disquieting novel, Lee explores how briskly the pleasures that we take for granted can vanish... Lee's writing pulses with humour and an appreciation of the abject silliness of human beings... He writes with a needle, and with a short-story master's eye for structure' --
Sunday Times

'A quietly brilliant novel' --Metro

'Darkly comic fun... [a] compelling mystery' -- Guardian

Lee's writing is energetic... Over the course of the novel, the tone of the narrative changes from dry and light-hearted to something altogether more nightmarish and surreal... Shock and suspense are expertly controlled... A witty and finely crafted first novel --
Literary Review

'Lee's deft, gripping portrait of the dark side of suburbia is a masterclass in slow-build creepiness' -- Stylist

'A slim shiver of dread and paranoia, Tom Lee's superb debut novel explores the darkness that exists millimetres beneath the seemingly normal, regular world. It is a read-in-one sitting fable of considerable power and skill' --Stuart Evers

'Politely calamitous and deeply affecting. Tom Lee can actually do what many writers think they can do' -- Cynan Jones

'This is contemporary suburban noir, which, with a wry touch and a lopsided wink to Revolutionary Road, skilfully lures you into a delicately creeping nightmare' --Ross Raisin

About the Author

Tom Lee's writing has appeared in the Sunday Times, Esquire and Prospect in the UK, the Dublin Review in Ireland and in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope All Story in the United States, among others. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He has also been awarded the Royal Society of Literature's Brookleaze Grant and two Arts Council grants for his fiction. He currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing at Goldsmiths College.

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