The sequel to the award-winning A Lie About My Father.
In the early 80s, after a decade of drug abuse and borderline mental illness, John Burnside resolved to escape his addictive personality and find calm in a 'Surbiton of the mind'. But the suburbs are not quite as normal as he had imagined and, as he relapses into chaos, he encounters a homicidal office worker who is obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock and Petula Clark, an old lover, with whom he reprises a troubled, masochistic relationship and, finally, the seemingly flesh-and-blood embodiemnts of all his private phantoms.
The sequel to his haunting, celebrated account of a troubled childhood, Waking Up in Toytown is unsettling, touching, oddly romantic and unflinchingly honest.
John Burnside, geb. 1955 in Schottland, ist einer der profiliertesten Autoren der britischen Gegenwartsliteratur. Der Lyriker und Romancier wurde vielfach ausgezeichnet. 2012 erhielt er den Spycher: Literaturpreis Leuk.