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"What makes the achievement special is the way in which warped adolescent yearning is interwoven with a very different and repressed yearning, that of Malcolm’s Aunt Fiona (who is) an archetype of inner corrosion and suffering."—Books in Scotland
Malcolm’s father dies, and the boy drifts into a fantasy world without pain or love. His aunt, meanwhile, has long been imprisoned in her own private rituals of fanaticism and terror. Together, they enter a hell of love perverted into pain and desire.
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Ron Butlin was born in 1949 in Edinburgh where he now lives. Having worked variously as a footman, a male model and a barnacle scraper on Thames barges, he has become one of Scotland's most acclaimed writers.Review:
My novel of the year -- Edwin Morgan * The Scotsman * Beautifully structured ... Butlin empathises as well as any writer dealing with the pain of adolescent trauma I've read ... What makes the achievement special, however, is the way in which warped adolescent yearning is interwoven with a very different and repressed yearning, that of Malcolm's Aunt Fiona (who is) an archetype of inner corrosion and suffering ... Butlin handles the delicate savagery of her condition with a rare combination of sympathy and detachment, and its climax ... is as fine in its portrayal of psychological destruction and reconstruction as The Sound of My Voice. Both (novels) can be placed alongside work like Gray's 1982, Janine and Galloway's The Trick is to Keep Breathing -- Douglas Gifford * Books in Scotland * . . .develops even more successfully (than The Sound of My Voice) the balance of real and surreal in human response to disappointed longings * The Scotsman * Handled with Butlin's skill and compassion, the dark material in Night Visits is anything but sensationalised. He is ever seeking to acquire and encourage understanding of even the most wretched souls -- Nicholas Royle * Time Out * spellbinding and compassionate * The Independent *
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