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  • Published: 22 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473568136
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

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A Novel of [Not] Smoking




'One of the most ingenious, resourceful and entertaining novelists in England' Philip Hensher

'Beard is as good on the sensuality of smoking as on the philosophy. This is an unusually intelligent, funny and readable first book' Sunday Times

She offered me the cigarette like an apple. It was love and desire. It was knowledge and everything.

'Gregory Simpson is, after years of being paid to smoke a packet a day for research purposes, trying to give up. He decides to write to keep his hands busy and the resulting journal - combining memories of seduction, little-known facts about the tobacco industry and the comfortable camaraderie of the suicide club - is an elegant, witty and confident disquisition on smoking as desire and as a metaphor for desire' Observer

'Populated by a cast of well-drawn eccentrics-loaded with encyclopaedic detail on the history and iconography of smoking, this comic novel nevertheless aims at deep seriousness-Beard's writing can be breathtaking' Daily Telegraph

'Richard Beard's prose is dry, nonchalant and fluent-An accomplished first novel' Times Literary Supplement

  • Published: 22 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473568136
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Richard Beard

Richard Beard is the author of Acts of the Assassins which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and most recently, The Day That Went Missing. In the twenty years since his first book he has published critically acclaimed novels and narrative non-fiction, including Becoming Drusilla, the story of how a friendship between two men was changed by a gender transition. He was formerly director of the National Academy of Writing in London, and is now a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo and has a Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. He is an optimistic opening batsman for the Authors Cricket Club.

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