Adam Mars-Jones


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Faber & Faber
17 August 2023
ISBN: 9780571280063
752 pages

From the publisher

Meet John Cromer – ‘one of the most original comic creations in recent fiction’ (Guardian) – and discover one of the great overlooked adventures in literature.

‘One of the most original comic creations in recent fiction.’ Guardian

Time passed slowly in the 1950s, especially if you’d been put to bed and told not to move (until further notice). But John Cromer, the central character of this extraordinary novel, is much closer to being an explorer than a victim. He’s the weakest hero in fiction – unless he’s one of the strongest.

The first instalment of the semi-infinite Pilcrow sequence, this novel of capacious wit and style marks the opening chapter of the most memorable and enjoyable experiment in modern fiction.

‘Pilcrow is a humdinger, a startling work that stands out against the monotonous field of contemporary British fiction as a genuine, almost miraculous oddity.’ Metro