A triumphant novel of love and belonging from the author of Timoleon Vieta Come Home
Dan Rhodes was born in 1972. In 2003 he was named by.Granta.Magazine as one of their twenty Best of Young British Novelists. He is the author of four previous books.
This tenderly funny tale from British author Rhodes (Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love) traces the sweetly unsentimental course of Miyuke Woodward's annual holiday at a rustic Welsh coastal cottage. Miyuke and lover Grindl (known as "the Lesbians" in the small town where they have a decorating business) spend a month apart on separate, two-week vacations each year. This year, vacationing Miyuke spends her days as always, indulging in junk food and beer at the local pub, reading a book a day and walking across fields and along the seaside cliffs, until she discovers a rock that glows golden in the afternoon sunlight. Impulsively, she decides to paint it gold, only to be seen doing so by a pub regular, tall Mr. Hughes, who subsequently disappears from his usual spot at the bar. Confronted by two other pub regulars, short Mr. Hughes and Mr. Puw, Miyuke tells of the rock, and the three set off to find their compatriot. Rhodes's tale features lovely touches (such as the Children from Previous Relationships, a local band that's never played in public), and effortlessly ends an immaculately crafted story of minor perturbations and their unpredictable outcomes. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
* Hilarious and acutely affecting. Independent on Sunday * Absolutely flawless comic writing. Original, fresh and funny. Observer * Laugh-out-loud funny. Heat * Smashing. Had me snorting like a hippo in mud. Sunday Herald * Oh, how we love Dan Rhodes. Reliably odd but fabulous. Guardian * To achieve what Rhodes does here and effortlessly sustain immaculate comic timing throughout a novel - well, that's just rude. Time Out * Clever and very funny, Gold goes straight to the heart. After reading this you will never think about sneezing in the same way again. -- Hilary Mantel * Wonderfully unpredictable. Draws you in from the very first page. I couldn't put it down. -- Alan Carr * The quirky, determined inconsequential style of Rhodes's novel bears a passing resemblance to that of Alexander McCall Smith. -- Christina Koning The Times * Gold is a funny little novel, both humorous and strange. -- David Smith Observer * Rhodes has a quirky talent for teasing the comic out of the mundane, and there's more than a hint of the surreal in this engaging witty novel... -- Victoria Moore Daily Mail * Gold adroitly mines the potential of a remote community with its range of idiosyncratic residents ... Rhodes has created a cast of memorable oddities. -- A.S. Guardian * Any good? Oh, very ... Complementing the jokes is a lovely strain of melancholy... -- Colin Waters Sunday Herald * This retains the bitter flavour that fans love. Deceptively light, it is flecked with gold. Independent * Lovely, whimsical stuff -- Katy Guest Independent * One of the best writers in the country ... excellent, original, funny and profound. -- Danny Wallace Daily Express * Hilarious and heartbreaking. -- Michael Holroyd Guardian