Dreams of Leaving

Dreams of Leaving

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New Egypt is a village somewhere in the south of England. A village that nobody has ever left. Peach, the sadistic chief of police, makes sure of that. Then, one misty morning, a young couple secretly set their baby son Moses afloat on the river, in a basket made of rushes. Years later, Moses is living above a nightclub, mixing with drug-dealers, thieves and topless waitresses. He knows nothing about his past - but it is catching up with him nevertheless, and it threatens to put his life in danger. Terror, magic and farce all have a part to play as the worlds of Peach and Moses slowly converge.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 30mm | 399.17g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747526974
  • 9780747526971
  • 555,242

About Rupert Thomson

Rupert Thomson is the author of seven novels. His books have been shortlisted for various awards including the Writer's Guild Fiction Prize for Air and Fire and the Guardian Prize for Fiction. He lives in Barcelona.show more

Review quote

'The prose is as dazzling as a firework display ... a remarkable novel' Evening Standard 'A novel of startling imagination, mixing claustrophobia and fantasy with sharp reality and observation' Cosmopolitan 'What makes this book different is the skill with which he modulates its light and dark moods, and the generosity he shows his characters' Observer 'A rites-of-passage novel, a love story, a political satire and a sourly comic thriller ... Gnawing at the edge of Thomson's text is an unsentimental knowledge of pain which lifts him out of the rank of mere fantasists ... An achievement' Literary Reviewshow more

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258 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (86)
3 19% (49)
2 5% (14)
1 3% (7)
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