I Am Sovereign Nicola Barker

I Am Sovereign Nicola Barker

£9.99

__________________________________________ ‘One of the funniest, most finely achieved comic novels, even by her own standard … I think it’s a masterpiece.’ ALI SMITH ‘I think Nicola Barker is incapable of a dull page. [Her work] is unified by its spirit of adventure.’ KEVIN BARRY How long does it take to change the world? Could it happen in approximately twenty minutes? Charles, a forty-year-old teddy bear maker, is trying to sell his late mother’s house, helped by his estate agent Avigail (who thinks Charles is an imbecile). The prospective buyers: the fearsome Wang Shu – who has no desire to make idle chit-chat – and her downtrodden daughter, Ying Yue. During the twenty-minute viewing a huge number of things happen, although it is also entirely possible that nothing happens at all. Which is it? Can the world really turn on its axis during a mundane discussion about cheese preservation? Has fiction the power to do that? Should it even want to? __________________________________________ ‘She really is a genius.’ GUARDIAN ‘Life-affirming hilarity – Evelyn Waugh on ecstasy.’ NELL ZINK ‘A madly brilliant little book that asks who at any point is in control of what. I loved it.’ DAILY MAIL ‘Nicola Barker’s wildness and capacity for the absurd often delight me.’ SARAH MOSS ‘What an audacious writer Nicola Barker is … In an era when plot is king, Barker has typically, joyously, dispensed with one … Barker’s pleasure in the novella feels defiant.’ EVENING STANDARD ‘I Am Sovereign is bursting with energy, compassion and humour.’ LITERARY REVIEW ‘Barker is a writer in a class of her own … A work of coruscating intelligence, of deep humanity.’ OBSERVER ‘A riotous burst of a novel that scrutinises the nature of fiction with the lightest of touches.’ MAIL ON SUNDAY ‘A bracing, brilliantly bonkers comic novel … This is freewheeling fiction that delights in the visual.’ SUNDAY TIMES ‘Barker’s writing is very, very funny, both ha ha and strange … Fans of Ali Smith’s “Seasonal Quartet” will enjoy a similarly arch, detached view on the banality of contemporary Britain … A gloriously audacious blend of, well, the deep and the trite.’ INDEPENDENT

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