Neil Bartlett Skin Lane

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Skin Lane

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Shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Novel Award

“I read Skin Lane with one eye closed out of sheer animal terror. Then, unimaginably, it brought me to tears; what a work of art—so unexpected and heartbreaking and lovely.”—Armistead Maupin

“A powerful and complex story of sexual obsession. . . . A profoundly original meditation on thwarted desire.”—Patrick McGrath

Skin Lane welds itself to your hands from first to last. Textured, teeming with menace and deeply moving, it is an extremely fine piece of writing.”—The Times (London)

“A fiendishly taut little psycho-shocker.”—Will Self

At forty-seven, Mr. F’s working life on London’s Skin Lane is one governed by calm, precision, and routine. So when he starts to have recurring nightmares, he does his best to ignore them. The images that appear in his dreams are disturbing—Mr. F can’t think of where they have come from. After all, he’s an ordinary middle-aged man.

As London’s backstreets begin to swelter in the long, hot summer of 1967, Mr. F’s nightmares become an obsession. A chance encounter adds a face to the body that nightly haunts him, and the torments of his restless 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, this is Neil Bartlett’s fiercest piece of writing yet: cruel, erotic, and tender.

Neil Bartlett is an award-winning English novelist and theater director. He has directed on numerous occasions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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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 languages. In 2000 he was awarded an OBE for his work in the theatre, which includes productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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With Skin Lane, Bartlett further demonstrates his skills as a creative polymath of the highest order. * Dazed & Confused * Affectionately evoked... always apt and precise... Skin Lane grips with real force * TLS * Skin Lane welds itself to your hands from first to last. Textured, teeming with menace and, at the end, deeply moving, it is an extremely fine piece of writing. * The Times * Original, disturbing and... beautifully written, this is an always fascinating work. * Literary Review * A potent fable about the destructive power of lust and an unsettling psychological study in the manner of Patricia Highsmith. * Daily Telegraph * Skin Lane is a fiendishly taut little psycho-shocker that recalls Simenon at his most hardboiled and Highsmith at her creepiest. -- Will Self A powerful and complex story of sexual obsession... a raw, dark, highly dramatic narrative ... a profoundly original meditation on thwarted desire * Patrick McGrath * I read Skin Lane with one eye closed out of sheer animal terror. Then, unimaginably, it brought me to tears; what a work of art -- so unexpected and heartbreaking and lovely -- Armistead Maupin Brilliantly eerie... constantly surprising... captures vividly the atmosphere of the changing London of the 60s... But it's in his depiction of a specific kind of helpless and fearful love that Bartlett excels. * Guardian * In hushed, confident prose, Bartlett has created a vivid tale of sexual obsession * Time Out *

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