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Timoleon Vieta Come Home
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In a tragi-comic work of macabre beauty, Rhodes amuses and moves in equal measure. "The best new writer in Britain" (Guardian) has produced a novel of unexpected twists and inspiring humanity.
Cockroft, a faded composer and socialite, lives in self-imposed exile and fantasises of true love and extravagant suicides. Rattling about his dilapidated farmhouse in the Italian countryside, subsisting on a trickle of royalties from past successes, his only constant source of company is the ever loyal Timoleon Vieta — a mongrel with the most beautiful eyes.
When a handsome but surly individual — known only as The Bosnian — arrives on the scene, the strong bond between Cockroft and Timoleon is put under strain. Cockroft, forced into a choice between the two, abandons Timoleon outside Rome's Coliseum...from where the dog begins the long journey home...a journey of broken hearts, broken minds and broken spirits.
"I foresee this title being a spring sensation for Canongate, and it has already created a great deal of word-of-mouth excitement in the trade." Bookseller
"Is there a more innovative...readable writer than Rhodes working in Britain today?" Big Issue
"Very funny and very sharp with crushingly wicked moments." The Times
"Funny, fantastic and strangely profound." Independent
From "the best new writer in Britain" (The Guardian) comes a first novel of captivating originality. Set in contemporary Italy and focusing on an extraordinary love triangle between two men and a dog, this is a novel of unexpected twists and inspiring humanity.
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