‘On 12th October 2004, my dad – at the age of fifty five – popped out to buy a bottle of milk and never came back.’
This book tells the story of the search for Frank Burton Senior. Where did he go? And why? In his attempt to answer these questions, Frank Burton Junior uncovers a series of bizarre family secrets, which shatter his own ideas about who he is, and where he came from. Everything I Am is both a thrilling detective story, and a laugh out loud comic masterpiece.
Everything I Am is the first in the Ragbag novels series. There will be more.
Welcome to the Dirty City, a world of endless enigmas where fiction and
reality are frequently intertwined; a city of surreal storytellers, ingenious
acts of corruption, mass hypnosis, synchronised sleepwalking, scenes of
impossible trickery, tales of passion, confusion and friendship. With a large
cast of unique and outlandish characters, One Hundred is a novel like no other.
“Sometimes stories that I’ve used to mythologize my childhood resurface
in my mind as actual memories … Perhaps if you tell a story enough times, it
will become the truth.”
This admission by Mark Greensleeves, the compulsive liar in the story, Some
Facts About Me, sums up Frank Burton’s sharp, surreal and subversive short
story collection, A History of Sarcasm. The seventeen stories in
this collection blur the boundaries between fact and fantasy through a series
of obsessive characters and their skewed versions of reality. Among them
are a man who insists on living every aspect of his life in alphabetical order,
a girl who believes she is receiving secret messages through the TV, a
paranoiac who is pursued by an army of giant lobsters, and an academic who turns
into a cat.
Funny, dark and relentlessly off the wall, this collection brings together
the best of Frank Burton’s published work with some brand new stories.