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Darke Paperback – 21 February 2018

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  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1782119396
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1782119395
  • Product Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.91 x 19.8 cm
  • Publisher : Canongate Trade; Main Edition (21 February 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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"A supreme example of a natural and gifted storyteller."----Colm Toibin

"A wondrous book with two fathers, Kingsley Amis and Dante."----Sebastian Barry

"Amazing...smart, witty, poignant and unexpectedly tender."----Robert Gray, Shelf Awareness

"An original and bleakly funny portrait of grief."----Economist

"An unexpectedly moving and dynamic portrait of a difficult, broken man."----Booklist

"This is a tough-minded and bracing novel about life's final moments... A page-turning portrait of the most difficult character you'll be glad to claim as a friend."----Library Journal (starred)

Aside from his memories, the bulk of the novel comprises Darke's trenchant observations about life and death, education, analysis, and such pillars of literature as T.S. Eliot and William Butler Yeats.----Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Rick Gekoski is a writer, rare-book dealer and academic. He has written several widely praised non-fiction books including Staying Up, Tolkien's Gown, Outside of a Dog and Lost, Stolen or Shredded. This is his first novel.

In 2005 he was one of the judges for the Man Booker Prize, and was then Chair of the judges for the Man Booker International Prize 2011. He teaches creative non-fiction for the Arvon Foundation, and sits on their Development Board. In 2010 he was elected a Trustee of English PEN.