Summer is drawing to a close and the literary fiction season is upon us, heralded as it is by the arrival of the Booker shortlist. If this list once again leaves you uninspired, then please let us offer up and alternative.
British Story by Michael Nath was our nomination for the Booker this year. We knew that the judges would need to be bold to list it, but for a short while we thought they looked bold enough to liven the prize up a little. Five days before the longlist was announced, the Booker administrators called us and asked us to urgently send in another copy. Was there a debate being had?
If books themselves could vote for literary prizes, then British Story is the one they’d vote for. It’s a book of books. And it’s got Arthur Mountain in it, a latter day Falstaff.
‘A world transformed, made magical and revitalised.’ – Leigh Wilson
‘The great obsession of the book is the subject of character and identity. And yet it’s funny. Often belly-achingly so. Nath’s plot leaves us with questions, a reminder that questions with answers slow to come by are really the stuff of great literature.’ – Ben McKay
‘British Story doles out the kisses and the coshes in equal measure. Fittingly for a book obsessed by the importance of character in literature, Michael Nath’s second novel can best be summed up as a swaggering and beer-bellied roar of anger, tenderness, reflection and resistance. I loved it. Nath takes the reader on an almost encyclopaedic tour of the often violent and always edgy relationships between the English, Welsh and Scottish nations. He is equally adept at providing satellite views of events such as the country’s railway network or the tactics of football hooliganism as he is in zooming down to specific and little-known details. A loud and extraordinarily compelling novel, tussling with the big issues of life and death.’ – The Morning Star
More details and order a signed first edition.
Read an interview with Michael Nath
Watch the launch video and a reading

Summer is drawing to a close and the literary fiction season is upon us, heralded as it is by the arrival of the Booker shortlist. If this list once again leaves you uninspired, then please let us offer up an alternative. A book of books.

British Story by Michael Nath was our nomination for the Booker this year. We knew that the judges would need to be bold to list it, but for a short while we thought they looked sufficiently self-assured to liven the prize up a little. Five days before the longlist was announced, the Booker administrators called us and asked us to urgently send in another copy. Was there a debate being had?

‘A world transformed, made magical and revitalised.’ – Leigh Wilson

‘The great obsession of the book is the subject of character and identity. And yet it’s funny. Often belly-achingly so. Nath’s plot leaves us with questions, a reminder that questions with answers slow to come by are really the stuff of great literature.’ – Ben McKay

‘British Story doles out the kisses and the coshes in equal measure. Fittingly for a book obsessed by the importance of character in literature, Michael Nath’s second novel can best be summed up as a swaggering and beer-bellied roar of anger, tenderness, reflection and resistance. I loved it. Nath takes the reader on an almost encyclopedic tour of the often violent and always edgy relationships between the English, Welsh and Scottish nations. He is equally adept at providing satellite views of events such as the country’s railway network or the tactics of football hooliganism as he is in zooming down to specific and little-known details. A loud and extraordinarily compelling novel, tussling with the big issues of life and death.’ – The Morning Star

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>> Read an interview with Michael Nath

>> Watch the launch video and a reading

>> A novel soundtrack. Spotify playlist.

>> Order a signed first edition.

>> Kindle edition

The next stop on the British Story British Tour will be at the Jolly Brewer, Lincoln, Saturday 4 October, 6pm.

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