The Book of Idiots

Christopher Meredith
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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"...a darkly comic triumph full of uncomfortable truths" - ShortList Magazine

"Read it. You will hold in your hands a work of consummate skill." - Planet

'Aristotle said, "After coition, all animals are sad." Well I'm not.'

In The Book of Idiots, tipsy, sick Wil Daniel tells the narrator, Dean, a tale that may be a ghost story or a romance, a farce or a tragedy.  Meanwhile we get glimpses of Dean’s own half-lived life, and those of friends and colleagues. These threads develop into a dark, offbeat and merciless examination of maleness and mortality.

Can Clive regain the triumphs he achieved at the age of nine? Will Jeff stop his swimming trunks from dissolving?

Outstanding in its use of dialogue to reveal character, this superbly written novel develops into a meditation on kinds of suffering that are no less acute for being routine.

‘You will sail through this hilarious black comedy at one sitting…. It is a literary masterpiece… a thriller in which we guess who survives rather than who will die next.’ Gwen Davies, Western Mail

‘This is a fine novel… hard to put down and an adventure in meaning.’  Jeremy Hooker

Christopher Meredith is author of the award-winning Shifts and also publishes poetry and translations. The Book of Idiots is his fourth novel.

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