The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

There’s clearly going to be a little bias when I talk about The Drowning of Arthur Braxton. It’s written by Caroline Smailes, whom I co-wrote Freaks! with, and it’s published by the magnificent Friday Project. But let’s not talk about bias or let than get in the way of what is truly a remarkable and brilliant novel. I love Caroline’s work (as you probably already know) and I think this is her best yet.

It’s a story of love and its power and it’s the story of loss too. It’s a fairy tale. It’s heartbreaking, and touching, it’s funny and it’s brilliant. It’s sweary too – very sweary. It’s also a book that features an awful lot of erections.* I read it in one sitting (pretty much) and I fell in love with it. I know the word ‘masterpiece’ is used a little too often but I genuinely think that that’s the only way to describe it. It’s wonderful. You should read it.

I was going to say something along the lines of ‘It’ll be a hard one to put down’ but thought better of it. Clearly.

2 Comments on “The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

  1.  by  Dan Purdue

    I’m hearing lots of good things about this book, so I’ll definitely check it out at some point soon (I’m trying to get through a few more of the many unread books on my shelves at the moment before buying many new ones, but the temptation’s always there).

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