- Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 512 pages
- Dimensions: 143mm x 222mm x 44mm | 684g
- Publication date: 28 May 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0434021938
- ISBN 13: 9780434021932
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 1,325,977
It's 24 December, 1999. Byron Easy, a poverty-stricken poet, half-cut and suicidal, sits on a stationary train at King's Cross waiting to depart. He has in his lap a bin-liner containing his remaining worldly goods - an empty bottle of red wine, a few books, a handful of crumpled banknotes. As the journey commences he conjures memories (painful and euphoric alike) of the recent past, of his rollercoaster London life, and, most distressingly, of Mandy - his half-Spanish, Amazonian wife - in an attempt to make sense of his terrible, and ordinary, predicament...So what has led him to this point? Where are his friends, his family, his wife? What happened to his dreams? And what awaits him at the end of his journey? "Byron Easy" is an epic, baroque sprawling monster of a novel, and a unique portrait of love and marriage, of the flux of memory, and of England in the dying days of the twentieth century from a young British writer of exceptional promise.
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Jude Cook lives in London. He studied English Literature at UCL, and was a musician and songwriter for the band Flamingoes. Byron Easy is his first novel.
"There's an addictive charm...that gives a potency to this ambitious tale." -- John Sunyer Financial Times "Daring, moving, imaginative and, above all, funny, this is a great debut from a promising novelist." Sunday Mirror "[A] beautifully written debut." Irish Examiner "An exuberant, stealthily shocking debut ... razor sharp." Daily Mail "From the start of his journey to the amazing ending of his saga we follow with awe and trepidation his moral life as all around him (almost) everyone else shows the human condition at its worst. If there is any literary justice this should sell by the bucket load. Hope it does and we hear again from this terrific first time novelist!" Guardian online