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The Yips - Nicola Barker

The Yips - Nicola Barker

Title: The Yips

Author:  Nicola Barker

ISBN:  9780007476657

Weight:  990g

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The Yips by Nicola Barker

2006 is a foreign country; they do things differently there.  Tiger Woods’ reputation is entirely untarnished and the English Defence League does not exist yet.

Storm clouds of a different kind are gathering above the bar of Luton’s less than exclusive Thistle Hotel.  Among those caught up in the unfolding drama are a man who’s had cancer seven times, a woman priest with an unruly fringe, the troubled family of a notorious local fascist, an interfering barmaid with three E’s at A-level but a PhD in bullshit, a free-thinking Muslim sex therapist and his considerably more pious wife.  But at the heart of every intrigue and the bottom of every mystery is the repugnantly charismatic Stuart Ransom – a golfer in free-fall.

Nicola Barker’s Man Booker longlisted novel, The Yips, is at once a historical novel of the pre-Twitter moment, the filthiest state-of-the-nation novel since Martin Amis’ Money and the most flamboyant piece of comic fiction ever to be set in Luton.

Peer & Press Reviews

Barker is ostensibly a comic writer, and is indeed snort-inducingly funny at times…  What’s more – just about uniquely in this country – she is thinking intelligently and critically about how to make [a realist] tradition work in the present day.  But it’s not for her virtue that she deserves to be read; it’s for pleasure.

Keith Miller, Daily Telegraph

Barker captures – and lovingly distorts – both the rhythms and banality of language.  She is, as it were, Harold Pinter on crack.

Justin Cartwright, The Spectator

Dementedly imaginative… stomach-turningly hilarious…  What she has written is a state of the nation novel of the sort Dickens and Hogarth might have jointly conjured up had they ever visited Luton.

Michael Prodger, Financial Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Yips
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Dated: 5/7/2012 (publication day)
Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Fourth Estate
Awards and prizes: Man Booker Prize 2012 – longlist
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780007476657
ISBN 10: 0007476655
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 548
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 162 x 48mm
Weight: 1.099kg [heavy book]
Design Credits
Author photograph: Tony Davis
Jacket image: Getty Images (golfer)

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