Synopses & Reviews
Spurting with kinetic energy, nasty wit, and kindness to animals, Wesley ought to be a star. Or so it seems to the "Behindlings" -- followers who nip at his heels, turn up everywhere he goes, and lie in wait for him around every corner. They skulk through the dreary streets of their tiny English town, gathering their own scabby intentions, irritating habits, and weird manners, burying all differences in the common pursuit of their true prize, their Wesley.
In Behindlings, the inimitable and ungovernable Nicola Barker takes her most compelling character to date, gives him his head and her novel, and sees him run off with her readers.
“Nicola Barker has a rare writing talent.” Time Out London
“The diversity of Barkers imagination is stunning; her language, witty and exact.” Daily Telegraph
Barkers earthy, inventive, hilarious, and wickedly satirical novel is enormously entertaining. Booklist
“An exasperating, beguiling, and occasionally damn-ner perfect piece of work [by an] infuratingly talented British author.” Kirkus Reviews
“The brilliance of Barkers style is beyond question.” The Spectator
“Barkers weird imagination works wonders...Exceptional.” Elle
About the Author
Nicola Barker is one of Britain's most original and exciting literary talents. She is the author of two short-story collections: Love Your Enemies [winner of the David Higham Prize and the Macmillan Silver Pen Award] and Heading Inland [winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize]. Her previous novels are Reversed Forecast, Small Holdings, Wide Open Behindlings and Clear, the last of which was long-listed for the 2005 Booker Prize. Her work is translated into twenty languages, and in 2000, she won the IMPAC Award for Wide Open. In 2003, Nicola Barker was named a Granta Best of British Novelist. She lives in London.