A highly anticipated debut, blending the magical realism of Angela Carter and the gritty authenticity of Eastenders
When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah.
Seamstress, sailor, story-teller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises.
With echoes of Armistead Maupin, Attend is a beautifully written, darkly funny, mesmerisingly emotive and deliciously told debut novel, rich in finely wrought characters and set against the unmistakable backdrop of Deptford and South London.
This is an absolutely brilliant debut novel!!
I thought the concept behind the book was excellent, it was well written, the flow of the story was spot on and it had some fantastic characters. It was a completely addictive read for me.
I finished the book the same day I started it and it was a genuine page turner, I will be honest as I wasn’t sure what it would be like from the blurb as it seemed to cross a few genres that I wouldn’t necessarily mix but honestly I needn’t have had any worries at all – it all works and the whole thing was executed so, so well, it has gone right up there with my top reads of 2018 and I can’t wait to see what the author releases next!!
The plot was superb – 5 stars from me, very highly recommended – I loved it – if you get a chance make sure you grab a copy when you can – it is worth it!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and bred in south London – and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in higher education and business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing.
He has worked as a book and arts journalist, and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch.
He currently combines his work as editor at Orenda Books with writing and editing a wide range of material for various arts organisations, including ghostwriting a New-Adult novel and editing The Riveter magazine for the European Literature Network.
He has also written several short scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres, and was longlisted for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project. Attend is his first novel.