Memoirs of a Master Forger

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William is a dissolute book-forger. A talented writer in his own right he would rather scribble poems anonymously for an asian friend (who is becoming increasingly successful as a result), and create forgeries of Jane Austen first editions to sell to gullible collectors. He's not all bad. The money from the forgeries goes straight to homeless hostel and William's crimes don't really hurt anyone. And there are reasons William hasn't amounted to more. He did something he was ashamed of when he was a student, he drinks far too much and he can't commit to any relationships. Oh and he sees demons. Shadowy figures at the shoulder of everyone around him (except the woman who runs the hostel, she remains untouched), waiting for a moment's weakness. Or is just that William can see the suffering of the world? And then an extraordinary woman, who may just be able to save him from the world's suffering, walks into his life. This is William's own story. But who can believe a master forger?

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William Heaney lost his twin brother at birth, an event which he says shaped him. Born and brought up in London he claims to have studied at Oxford, after which he played bass guitar in a rock band touring Germany and the Far East. The band had some success in Japan but broke up after three years on the road and a bad experience in Osaka. He then spent several years working for a project with homeless people in London. He lives in London but escapes at week-ends to a Leicestershire cottage with his girlfriend, who is a successful concert pianist. His two daughters from his previous marriage are currently at university "wasting their time" he says. Now working for a government agency, he is a discount wine connoisseur who doesnt like to make recommendations for fear that others might deplete his favourite stock. Inherently shy, he is unwilling to talk about the evil rock and roll years.

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"Moody, poetic, sometimes angry, this is a beautifully written portrait of guilt, forgiveness, and the people who fall between the cracks. Intelligent and well crafted." -- Saxon Bullock SFX "This is an intriguing novel, and great fun." THE TIMES "Memoirs of a Master Forger is a morality tale about the angels of redemption and demons of suffering that inhabit a London whose contours were mapped more than two centuries ago by William Blake. Like Blake Heaney's London is a phantasmagoria of feigning and reality located along the embankments of the Thames and in its historic pubs. The tone is world-weary, cynical, compassionate, wry, always superficial." -- Kathryn Sutherland TLS "The novel is an ultimately unplifting feat of storytelling which grips the reader to the very last page. A sophisticated horror-fantasy." -- Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN "Warm, exuberant and very funny, full of both justified anger and determined optimism." -- Mat Coward MORNING STAR "He's engaging company is Heaney: amusing, urbane, perhaps verging on the pub bore. I had fun with Master forger." -- Paul Marland DEATHRAY

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