Chapman's Odyssey, Paperback


Harry Chapman is not well, and he doesn't like hospitals.

Furthermore, Dr Pereira's wonder drug is causing some strange side effects: he can hear more than the usual quotient of voices.

First, it is his mother, acerbic and disappointed in him as ever, but then more and more voices add their differing notes and stories to the chorus, squabbling, cajoling and commenting.

Friends from childhood, lovers, characters from novels and poetry, Virginia Woolf and a man who wants to sell him T.S Eliot's teeth.

Written with a gentle, effortless generosity, full of delicate observation, Chapman's Odyssey is the work of a master; a superbly rendered act of storytelling and ventriloquism that is both witty and deeply moving.




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