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The Gift Maker: Spellbinding and beautifully written, impossible to put down by [Mayes, Mark]
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The Gift Maker: Spellbinding and beautifully written, impossible to put down Kindle Edition

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Length: 343 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This is a magical, daring book, set in a world reminiscent of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast or the Wes Anderson film Grand Budapest Hotel. Using language of marvellous distinctiveness and beauty which reveal his poetic background, Mark Mayes creates a sometimes beautiful and frequently nightmarish world where reality and folk tale morph into surrealism to disturbing effect. By turns hilarious and terrifying, wise and thought-provoking, The Gift Maker stands head and shoulders above anything I have read this year. I devoured it in two sittings, and will now start again so as to savour less breathlessly its sublime language and ideas. This sustained feat of imagination is a best-seller and likely award winner if ever I read one. Not for the faint-hearted, but brilliant. --Simon Michael, bestselling crime author

About the Author

Before becoming a writer, Mark trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He subsequently worked in theatre and television for several years, both in the UK and abroad. He has worked variously as a cleaner, care-worker and carer, salesman, barman, medical transcriptionist, warehouse worker, and administrator. Mark has published numerous stories and poems in magazines and anthologies in the UK, Eire, and Italy, and in particular has had several stories published in (or accepted for) the celebrated Unthology series (Unthank Books). His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. He has been shortlisted for literary prizes, including the prestigious Bridport Prize. In 2009, Mark graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in English (Creative Writing and Critical Practice) from Ruskin College, Oxford. Currently living in South Wales, Mark is also a musician and songwriter. Among his favourite writers are: Jean Rhys, Franz Kafka, Anton Chekhov, and Christopher Priest. The Gift Maker is his debut novel and will publish spring 2017.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3644 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Urbane Publications (23 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NAPKWRJ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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