Sex, drugs, cinema and stardom in a glorious technicolor romp through London's Swinging Sixties.
'Powered by a satisfactorily pacy plot and oiled by Quinn’s effortless prose, this is a book that slips down as easily as a gin-and-it' Guardian
Summer, 1967. As London shimmers in a heat haze and swoons to the sound of Sergeant Pepper, a mystery film – Eureka – is being shot by German wunderkind Reiner Werther Kloss.
The screenwriter, Nat Fane, would do anything for a hit but can’t see straight for all the acid he’s dropping. Fledgling actress Billie Cantrip is hoping for her big break but can’t find a way out of her troubled relationship with an older man. And journalist Freya Wyley wants to know why so much of what Kloss touches turns to ash in his wake.
Praise for Eureka
In the various layers of a slick, enjoyable plot, the glossy surface finish never distracting from the messiness beneath, art reflects life and also reflects itself… There is wit and entertainment aplenty… What brings it all delightfully together is Quinn’s flawless, easy-going prose. He never once puts a foot wrong… Clever, certainly, but in just the right measure.Peter Stanford, Observer
Powered by a satisfactorily pacy plot and oiled by Quinn’s effortless prose, this is a book that slips down as easily as a gin-and-it, but larger questions lurk beneath its polished surface… Eureka… is in glorious Technicolor.Clare Clark, Guardian
Quinn’s prose is elegant and his eye for the evocative details of social history acute as he chronicles the pleasures and perils inherent in Nat’s pursuit of love and art.Nick Rennis, Sunday Times
A cast of wonderfully vivid characters ducks and dives its way through London’s beau monde… There is something Evelyn Waugh-like about Eureka, not just it its depictions of the escapades that privilege can afford, but in the ease and seeming effortlessness of Quinn’s prose… Few eras have been as well documented, but Eureka succeeds in bringing it to life in a new and hugely entertaining way.Simon O'Hagan
Anthony Quinn’s growing series of period novels about London life is fast becoming one of contemporary fictions most dependable pleasures… Quinn offers sexual intrigue and a class-crossing mystery plot straddling the glitzy and grimy, all told with a rampantly infectious sense of fun.Anthony Cummins, Metro
Quinn’s immersive approach to his historical fiction means we’re soon woozy with the sounds and sights of that significant year when the Beatles changed music history, homosexuality was decriminalised and cinema was playing with our minds.Siobhain Murphy, The Times
Quinn isn’t as big as he should be; with luck, this zesty, punchy, yet also hard-edged black comedy will give him the readership he deserves.Malcolm Forbes, National
A hugely entertaining read set in London’s Swinging Sixties.Bookseller
Swinging London and its inhabitants come alive under the expert touch of Anthony Quinn, who always finds the dark heart of the story.Sarra Manning, Red
Some of the characters in Anthony Quinn’s novel have appeared in his earlier fiction. They have a richness and depth that come from his long familiarity with them and here they are placed in a tale that brilliantly evokes the febrile world of sixties London.Nick Rennison, BBC History Magazine
Immersive and compelling.Rebecca Wilcock, UK Press Syndication
This pleasingly melancholic romp gallivants towards a dark mystery.Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday
London is lovingly and precisely rendered… Eureka plays with cinema, literature…art and music, with the newly released Sergeant Pepper echoing through the pages. It fully inhabits its chosen era, steering clear of period cliché while celebrating the touchstones of the decade, from kaftans and kohl to acid and arthouse. Quinn crafts fully realized characters and allows them to enjoy themselves thoroughly, in a highly entertaining novel.Laura Kenworthy, Tablet
Witty, dark and quite brilliantPhil Franks, Yorkshire Post