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The Bird Room Paperback – 21 Jan 2010

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (21 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847672612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847672612
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,596,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Those who seek something unique in the contemporary British novel will delight in this adroit, snappy debut, a dark and beguiling meditation on the weight of being . . . A novel so fresh it practically pings with energy . . . Fizzes with deadpan wit and cutting one-liners." (Independent)

"The Bird Room is a hall of mirrors...sparely written, cool, jaunty, darkly comic, with a sharp ear for voice and displays exuberant brio." (Guardian)

"Killen creates a cast of unlikeable and morally dubious characters yet still makes his book compelling. There are also flashes of linguistic brilliance which suggest greater things to come from the 27-year-old writer." (Financial Times 2009-01-24)

"A darkly stylish comedy of sexual manners...Killen evokes a grimy world of sexual tension with unerring, uncomfortable accuracy...Much of The Bird Room's appeal is down to Killen's taut, sharp prose style - not flashy but alternately laconic, melancholy and dryly witty - that gives an edgy, sometimes creepy and very contemporary sense of beauty to the everyday and the banal." (Metro)

"The Bird Room is an astonishingly good first novel. I was gripped from the first page." (M.J.HYLAND)

"An extremely engaging combo of sex, melancholy and killer one-liners - The Bird Room is a beautiful Chinese puzzle of a novel." (TOBY LITT)

"A strangely merry look at the agony of true love." (Dazed and Confused)

"Chris Killen's first novel is either disturbingly brilliant or brilliantly disturbing. Whichever, I loved it." (STEVEN HALL)

"The Bird Room is amazing. Beautiful, laconic and chockablock with uneasy sex - like having a threesome with your girlfriend and Richard Brautigan." (RICHARD MILWARD)

"As fresh and honest a take on twenty-first century relationships as you are likely to find. I was knocked out by the cold, translucent beauty of Killen's prose." (MATT HAIG)

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A critically acclaimed, dark comedy from a young, hip, boundary-breaking author

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