A dazzling, potent, beautiful novel about moths, running, jazz, the Siberian Gulag, and seizing the moment, reminiscent in its unexpected combination of dark European sensibility and compelling readability of The Reader or Rachel Seiffert's The Dark Room.
Karl Manders worked for forty years as a journalist. He was a member of the Guardian Features Department for five years, and subsequently contributed to the paper for some years. For three years he was News Editor of Nature, and for a similar period Deputy Features Editor of The Telegraph Magazine. He has worked intermittently for The Sunday Times and contributed freelance features to New Scientist, Scientific American, Radio Times, and Reader's Digest. He moved to North America where he edited photographic arts titles, before returning to Europe, and particularly the Netherlands where he learned Dutch. He is married and lives in Suffolk.
"There's a strong European feel to this pleasing debut novel ... it
approaches history as a shifting set of echoes and overlapping
narratives; the rhythmic pulse of his writing often reflects that
of jazz" -- Claire Alfree * Metro *
"[An] ambitious, masterful story... Imaginative and extremely moving" -- Kate Saunders * Times *
"This debut novel boasts considerable logodaedalic verve... Manders does a skilful and elegant job of describing conditions in the gulag... Beautifully written and readable" -- Tibor Fischer * Independent *
"A beguiling fable-like novel... Cornelius's wartime adventure is depicted with cinematic gusto... Manders's flamboyant, omnipresent narrative voice adds a mystical element reminiscent of the early Powell and Pressburger classics... Moths displays humanity in all its shimmering beauty and base depravity" -- Christian House * Independent on Sunday *
"A scintillating novel...The novel is constructed from two beautifully intertwined stories... this writing, with extraordinary visual power, is a pleasure to read... The novel is full of richly imagined detail" -- Micha Lazarus * TLS *