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In Southern Waters Paperback – 12 Oct 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (12 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575402636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575402638
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,385,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Blackly comic novel which does for Brighton what WITHNAIL & I did for Camden Town.

About the Author

Ian Marchant is a writer, broadcaster and performer. He has written numerous books, made several programmes for BBC Radio and is also a lecturer at Birmingham City University.

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Having been fortunate enough to get hold of an advance copy, I simply have to let Amazon's other customers know what a joy Ian Marchant's book is. Set in Brighton, this immensely entertaining debut novel tells the stories of a disparate group of badly behaved characters who share a huge house where they live life on the margins of society. As they go about their business, ekeing out a living and indulging in conspicuous hedonism, the book explores the ways in which different generations and different worlds interact and reflect upon each other. By turns witty, scurrilous and poignant, 'In Southern Waters' is hilarious throughout, employing a fresh and surprising range of literary tricks and techniques to draw us into its soul. Marchant is above all a humanist, who knows that everybody has their reasons, and shows generosity and compassion for the outsiders, the losers, the ugly and the dispossessed. His world is untidy but never squalid, neglected but never cold, misshapen but never grotesque. He sees to the heart of what matters in life and relationships and holds up a cracked mirror to all of us - and there is nothing in fiction more satisfying and more difficult than that. If there is a true heir to Nick Hornby's crown then Ian Marchant is definitely it.
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Reminds me of my bedsit days and the characters I met. Very amusing collection of mis-fits and dossers and a plot that makes you want to find out how it ends. Try Parallel Lines as well as an entertaining read, a bit like an English Hunter Thomson (Minus the hard drugs and firearms of course).
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Smutty, scabrous, witty, drugridden...and that's just the cover. Tom Sharpe meets Withnail and I. A wonderfully entertaining read. Don't get it for your Granny.
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A first novel, seemingly drawn from experience as first novels often, are (the author once opened the door to me in a t-shirt with only a frosted glass door for protection). More a collection of stories than a novel as such, but definitely worth reading. If you have lived in Lancaster or Brighton, no doubt you will derive some entertainment from trying to spot characters that seem familiar, but it would still be a fun read if you came from Mars. Really this should be a spoken book, because read out loud at the local Spotlight Club the golfing story had everyone in the terminal stages of incontinence.
A blinding read and I am not just saying that cos I know him.
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