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August Chalmin feels the weather like no-one else. A large, awkward recluse, with bright orange hair and sun-shy eyes, August hides himself away behind the counter of a Shepherd's Bush deli. One winter's day two things happen which change his life completely: his mother's ex-lover shambles back into his life, and he discovers a rash on his arm which looks like frost - a rash which is frost. As Cosmo raises questions about August's identity, August finds himself changing with the seasons, in a journey that takes him deep into his past, back to his roots and the reason he is the way he is.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 396g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • SCRIBNER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0743220641
  • 9780743220644
  • 604,128

About Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey is an award winning Trinidadian-born British writer. She has written four novels and a memoir. Three of her novels are set in the Caribbean and form a loose trilogy which engages with political and environmental issues in the region. The most recent of these Caribbean novels is House of Ashes, published in July 2014. Set on the fictional Caribbean island of Sans Amen, it tells the story of three characters, a gunman, a hostage and a boy soldier caught up in a botched coup d'etat. Archipelago, published in 2012, is both an epic sea voyage and an examination of climate change from the point of view of a man from the southern Caribbean. It won the OCM BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2013. The judges commended it for its 'exploration of the greater Caribbean space in which is embedded a real-life story of trauma and loss and ultimately redemption that is both contemporary and compelling'. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, a story that maps the creolisation of a colonial couple during the early Independence years in Trinidad, received widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2010 and the Encore prize 2011. Her erotic memoir, With the Kisses of his Mouth was published in 2011 to much praise and controversy and was reviewed in the Guardian as 'a subversive work that transcends the author's personal story: it stands alone in the chasm that has opened between feminist literature and the belles du jour brigade'. Roffey has a PhD in Creative Writing and teaches regularly for The Arvon Foundation and the Writer's Lab in Skyros. She is a member of the action group Carib-Lit and teaches and runs workshops regularly in Trinidad too. She divides her time equally between London and Port of Spain. Find out more at http://www.moniqueroffey.co.uk

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Review Text

August is a lonely man; a man who feels awkward in social situations and envies others their ease. He wishes he is more like his purported father, Luke. But is Luke his father? And if not who is? And what is happening to August's body? It starts off as a strange rash resembling frost, but after there's a snowstorm around his head and then buds start appearing August begins to think that this complaint must be linked to the seasonal changes. And the really strange thing is how well it makes him feel. As August actually lives through the year within his body, he learns important things about himself, his friends and family. This is a wonderful book, a fascinating study of self-awakening and love - and an appreciation of the world around. The whole novel is alive and sensuous, heavy with the delights of food and flowers, with the wonder of lands unseen. Monique Roffey has strikingly captured her protagonist. She deftly portrays his shyness and angst and makes us believe with his friend Henry that he is 'wonderful' - and also an everyman with whom we can all identify. August's quirky friends are all well drawn and their idiosyncrasies are revealed gradually as their characters develop. A delightful, moving novel, and an excellent debut. (Kirkus UK)

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