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The Roundabout Man

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Who is the Roundabout Man? He doesn't look like a tramp, yet he lives on a roundabout in a caravan and survives on the leftovers from a nearby motorway service station. He calls himself Quinn, the name of a boy in a world-famous series of children's books, but he's nearer retirement than childhood. What he hopes no one will discover is that he's the real Quinn, immortalised as a child by his mother in her entrancing tales about a little boy's adventures with his triplet sisters. It is this inheritance he has successfully run away from - until now. When Quinn's reclusive existence is invaded, he has to turn and face his past, and all the uncomfortable truths it contains about himself, his sisters and, most of all, his mother. By the author of Astonishing Splashes of Colour and The Man Who Disappeared, The Roundabout Man delivers a wittily observed slice of modern life as it plumbs the gulf between nostalgia and reality.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 02/02/2012 ISBN-13: 9780340994306  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Quinn Smith was the boy hero of the world-famous Triplets and Quinn stories. Now he’s a man, middle-aged and living under a roundabout. Quinn spent years living anonymously, hidden from a world obsessed with a fiction based on his family. When his existence is exposed, he must confront the characters of the life he had tried to escape. Morrall’s novel is a witty and well-observed account of reinvention, but also a tragic, sometimes sinister fable about clinging too closely to nostalgia. With a relentless attention to detail, packed with secrets and revelations, this is a book to be explored as much as enjoyed. Morrall invites us to abandon ourselves to the thrill of discovery as we join Quinn on his final adventure, and it’s a very welcome invitation. – Emily

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 05/04/2012


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