Octogenarian language geek Vernon, who's never written a book, tries to find a way to write the story of his long marriage to Hannah. Under the comic surface of Vernon's pompous voice hides a story of murderous fantasy, obsession, passion and regret. A verbally brilliant tragicomic short novel with some surprising twists and a moving denouement.


  • “In Christopher Meredith’s inventive and witty fifth novel, words do not simply exist on the page but are poked and prodded in an extended and kaleidoscopic interrogation of their purpose and function. The novel’s appeal derives primarily from its garrulous narrator, a fascinating and intolerable creation whose grammatical idiosyncrasies shape his entire life.”

    Gareth Smith, Wales Arts Review

  • "Meredith at his darkest and funniest. This is the work of a master.”

    Tom Bullough

Christopher Meredith


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Publication details:

Seren (2021)


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