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  • Published: 2 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784877804
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $27.99

The Bloater

The brilliantly original rediscovered classic comedy of manners



A sparklingly ironic comedy of manners set in 60s London. A rediscovered classic by 'the Poet Who Disappeared'

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY STEWART LEE

'Should The Bloater be republished? Oh God, absolutely, it's fantastic' Stewart Lee

Min works at the BBC as an audio engineer, where she is struggling to replicate the sound of a heartbeat. At home, other matters of the heart are making a mockery of life as Min knows it.

Min has found herself the object of her lodger's affection. An internationally renowned opera singer she's nicknamed 'The Bloater', Min is disgusted and attracted to him in equal measure. But with a husband so invisible that she accidentally turns the lights off on him even when he's still in the room, Min can't quite bring herself to silence The Bloater's overtures.

Vain, materialistic, yet surprisingly tender, The Bloater is a sparklingly ironic comedy of manners for all flirtatious gossips who love to hate and hate to love.

PRAISE FOR THE BLOATER
'Uncommonly good' Guardian

'It is the perfect aperitif, makes you feel warm and careless and much, much happier' The Times

'The Bloater delights us by its wit, relish, and new-minted metaphors' Daily Telegraph

'Brittle, spry, spiky, amusing, a comedy of love... an original and distinctive flavour' Sunday Times

  • Published: 2 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784877804
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $27.99

Praise for The Bloater

The Bloater delights us by its wit, relish, and new-minted metaphors

Daily Telegraph

Brittle, spry, spiky, amusing, a comedy of love... an original and distinctive flavour

Sunday Times

[Tonks'] novels are valuable curios...of their time. They read like a strange hybrid of Muriel Spark and Beryl Bainbridge with a dash of Joe Orton

William Boyd, The Times

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