Skin Lane

Skin Lane

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At 47, Mr. F's working life on London's Skin Lane is one governed by calm, precision and routine. So, when he starts to have frightening, recurring nightmares, he does his best to ignore them. The images that appear in his dream are disturbing - Mr. F can't for the life of him think where they have come from. After all, he's a perfectly ordinary middle-aged man. As London's crooked backstreets begin to swelter in the long, hot summer of 1967, Mr. F's nightmare becomes an obsession. A chance encounter adds a face to the body that nightly haunts him, and the torments of his sweat-drenched nights lead him - and the reader - deeper into a terrifying labyrinth of rage, desire and shame. Part fairy-tale, part compelling evocation of a now-lost London, Nell Bartlett's long-awaited third novel is his fiercest piece of writing yet: cruel, erotic, and more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852429194
  • 9781852429195
  • 1,099,838

About Neil Bartlett

Born in 1958, Neil Bartlett works as an author and as a theatre and opera director. His novel Mr.Clive and Mr.Page was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and has been translated into five European languages. Both Gay Times and the Independent recently listed him as one of Britain's fifty most significant gay cultural figures. In 2000 he was awarded on OBE for his work in the theatre, which includes productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as several controversial solo performance more

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"'A writer who can really change the way people think' Literary Review 'If he can do this with his first novel, what heights will his fourth or fifth reach?' Ruth Rendell, Sunday Times 'Stands head-and-shoulders above any British or American gay novel to have appeared in several years' Gay Times 'A strange, yet perfectly poised tale of male sexual longing and violent fantasy, with a chilling whodunnit at its core' Mail on Sunday 'Neil Bartlett's second novel establishes him among English fiction's flercest historians of gay male suffering' Independent 'A curious and original novel that is compulsively readable' Observer"show more

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4 34% (86)
3 16% (41)
2 9% (23)
1 2% (5)
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