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Anthony Quinn



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Historical fiction


400 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- 1967 England. Sgt Pepper permeates the air. The writer Nat Fane having won an Oscar a few years ago for his screenplay has trouble emulating his initial success. He is hired to write a modern day adaption of the Henry James short story The Figure in the Carpet. The film is to be directed by the new wonder boy of German cinema, Reiner Werthe Kloss. Freya Wyley is on the hunt to track down an interview with said director believing there may be some secrets tuck away in his past. As Fane’s screenplay develops the characters in the film parallel those in Quinn’s narrative.

I love visiting the worlds Quinn creates; he has a wonderful sense of time and place that immediately immerses the reader into the period that he is writing about. He also has a delightful way of having characters reappear from previous books. Those who are major players in an earlier novel may have mere cameos in another. Though it is not necessary to read them in order (I didn’t) it does add to ones overall appreciation. The first book was Curtain Call which tells the story of Stephen Wyley, Freya’s father. The second which has the more direct link to Eureka is Freya and propels us into the life and times of the extraordinary Freya Wyley, one of the great modern day characters. All three books are worth visiting but for me Eureka resonates the most. Greg Waldron


Summer, 1967. As London shimmers in a heat haze and swoons to the sound of Sergeant Pepper, a mystery film - Eureka - is being shot by German wunderkind Reiner Werther Kloss. The screenwriter, Nat Fane, would do anything for a hit but can't see straight for all the acid he's dropping. Fledgling actress Billie Cantrip is hoping for her big break but can't find a way out of her troubled relationship with an older man. And journalist Freya Wyley wants to know why so much of what Kloss touches turns to ash in his wake. Meanwhile, the parallel drama of Nat's screenplay starts unfurling its own deep secrets. Sexy, funny, nasty, Eureka probes the dark side of creativity, the elusiveness of art and the torment of love.

By:   Anthony Quinn
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   517g
ISBN:   9781910702536
ISBN 10:   1910702536
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. From 1998 to 2013 he was the film critic for the Independent. He is the author of six novels: The Rescue Man, which won the 2009 Authors' Club Best First Novel Award; Half of the Human Race; The Streets, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize; Curtain Call, which was chosen for Waterstones and Mail on Sunday Book Clubs; Freya, a Radio 2 Book Club choice and Eureka.

In the various layers of a slick, enjoyable plot, the glossy surface finish never distracting from the messiness beneath, art reflects life and also reflects itself... There is wit and entertainment aplenty... What brings it all delightfully together is Quinn's flawless, easy-going prose. He never once puts a foot wrong... Clever, certainly, but in just the right measure. -- Peter Stanford * Observer * Quinn's prose is elegant and his eye for the evocative details of social history acute as he chronicles the pleasures and perils inherent in Nat's pursuit of love and art. -- Nick Rennis * Sunday Times * Anthony Quinn's growing series of period novels about London life is fast becoming one of contemporary fictions most dependable pleasures... Quinn offers sexual intrigue and a class-crossing mystery plot straddling the glitzy and grimy, all told with a rampantly infectious sense of fun. -- Anthony Cummins * Metro * Powered by a satisfactorily pacy plot and oiled by Quinn's effortless prose, this is a book that slips down as easily as a gin-and-it, but larger questions lurk beneath its polished surface... Eureka... is in glorious Technicolor. -- Clare Clark * Guardian * Quinn's immersive approach to his historical fiction means we're soon woozy with the sounds and sights of that significant year when the Beatles changed music history, homosexuality was decriminalised and cinema was playing with our minds. -- Siobhain Murphy * The Times *

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