An odd romance that begins among the Egyptian cotton sheets and goosedown pillows of an Oxford Street department store
William has a good, steady job in retail. He works in the bedlinen department of an Oxford Street store. He knows everything there is to know about comfy.
Lucy has a portfolio career which, in her view, is no kind of career at all. Her life is a mess, her love life even more unsatisfactory than that. She wouldn’t be comfortable if she sat on a sofa in Heal’s. Unable to sleep, she thinks a new pillow might be the answer.
William and Lucy are not connected. Yet the pair of them share a terrible memory from the past, the sort of joint recollection that changes with the light, depending on who you were and where you were standing at the time.
The question is: what to do with it?
Pillow Man is a London novel of our uneasy times. It has love in it and darkness. It sets lonely tunes to a broken backbeat. It marries life to death. Crucially, it explores the difficult metaphysics of bedtime.
What, after all, do we really mean by ‘thread-count’?
“Full of melancholy wit, it’s sure to beguile fans of Nick Hornby.”
Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday
“A quirky, well-written romance cum mystery tale.”
Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler
“Coleman imbues his writing with a dry wit that enlivens the everyday, and with pithy character descriptions.”
Independent on Sunday
“Sharp, witty and beautifully written, it only takes moments to fall head first into the beautiful style of Pillow Man.”
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“A raw account of the male emotional landscape.”
Liza Hoggard, Independent
“Nick Coleman has a wonderful feel for the sights, sounds and stenches of modern London, and an extraordinary talent for making prosaic things poetic.”
Kate Saunders, Saga Magazine
“A tender, thoughtful first novel about love, death - and the appeal of fresh, crisp Egyptian cotton bed sheets.”
“Nick Coleman makes his fiction debut with an enjoyably offbeat romance set in modern London”
4 stars, Metro
“It's a beautifully written, thoroughly modern and witty exploration of love, relationships and getting older, with no sign of cheesiness or sentimentality.”
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