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‘My life is different now. I don’t go to work. I don’t have an office. I stay at home, hide behind curtains and make notes. I wait for something to happen.’
Gordon Kingdom struggles with the fate of his seriously-ill wife while patiently observing and methodically recording the lives of those around him: his neighbours.
He has files on them all, including:
- Don Donald (best friend and petty thief)
- Annie Carnaffan (lives next door, throws footballs over the fence)
- Benny (the boy who paints with his eyes closed).
And then Angelica, the new girl (42) on the street, with her multicoloured toenails and her filthy temper. It’s when she arrives that Gordon’s world of half-truths really begins to unravel.
Faced with a series of unexpected events and a faltering conscience, he’s left with an impossible decision. Because in the banality of everyday life, what would you do if the unthinkable happened?
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Praise for A is for Angelica
A first novel that confidently moves from dark comedy that’s genuinely funny to even darker despair that grows from moving to harrowing. Really impressive. Daily Mail
A is for Angelica and MF is for Meticulously Funny. It will make you laugh out loud and feel bad about it afterwards. Simon Crump, author of My Elvis Blackout and Neverland
A is for Angelica is a bold effort, and Broome’s uncomplicated prose pulls us through some potentially morbid subject matter with dexterity and humanity. Now Then
Basically, if you don’t laugh and cry over A is for Angelica in almost equal measures then bears don’t deposit their personal waste in wooded areas and I’ll only read this book once. Ani Johnson, The Bookbag
Iain Broome’s debut novel is an emotional twister that’s so good you won’t mind your feelings being manipulated as you won’t see it coming. Ani Johnson, The Bookbag
If you like your rollercoasters to be more emotional than mechanical, I heartily recommend this wonderful book. David White
Presented in uncomplicated, unembellished prose, this is a brilliant and adeptly written debut novel, loaded with poignancy and feeling. Time Out
Iain’s magnificent and compulsive microscopic dissection of life in the suburbs was a joy to read from cover to cover, and is not only the best book I’ve read this year, but is also on my books for life list too. Tom Gillespie
There are no misplaced or wasted words in this smashing debut. Broome will no doubt be a rising talent to watch in literary fiction. Sinead Keegan
I think this is a haunting and powerful first novel … a book I shall certainly read again. Linda Hepworth, newbooks
A is for Angelica is poignant, extraordinary and easy to read. Ideal for anyone. Louise Miller, Around the Red Map
Iain Broome has produced a rather remarkable debut novel and one that is funny, poignant, darkly stylish and oddly compelling. Suzie B