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Abuse and intrigue – Michael Flay’s novel moves across borders of violence and circumstance. Child crime, strange sexualities, trans-national, feature at high and low social levels in this disturbing narrative.
“The Lord is gripping, shocking and poignant too – a knife into the heart of wealth and power UK. Intrigue, treachery and murder are in it – and tender feeling too, for the lives of a hard-pressed couple.”
John Harvey, winner of the David Higham Prize for Fiction
The Persian Wedding tells of a romantic relationship between an Iranian girl and an English man. Here are international violences, shifting contexts and tensions for the lovers to handle, family issues too.
Stories about people up against the odds trying to get through. Other people, already broken, cause and spread wreckage. Michael Flay’s stories cross national borders, investigate damage and resistance.
Stories about men and women in extreme or strange circumstances, in England, Europe, the Middle East. Michael Flay’s characters move is disturbed worlds in which they have to live, make their experiences. The stories here are vivid and tense, probing current conditions.
In 1853 the most brilliant young painter of Victorian England, John Everett Millais, travelled to Scotland with the country’s leading art critic, John Ruskin, and his young wife Euphemia (‘Effie’). While in Scotland, the artist was to paint the critic’s portrait. But the marriage was built on intimate secrets, and the events that followed became both the most famous love story, and the most famous scandal, to involve a young woman, an author and an artist, in nineteenth century England.
‘Here is the book we were all hoping you would write. It made me remember your earlier book and how much I enjoyed the way you’d captured the way one’s homeland and one’s family can be both warmly involving and also fraught and stifling. The way you’d conveyed the times and their history through individual lives. And the vivid, sensuous imagery — textiles and fabrics and their feel.’
Anita Desai, October 2015
‘The themes of love, loss, exile and refugees’ yearning for a home are portrayed in all their bruising, heartbreaking inevitability . . . in language that’s rich and sensuous.’
Simon Lavery, Tredynas Days, June 2015
1922. Alone of his family, a young Greek boy flees the Turkish massacre of Greeks in Smyrna. Arriving in Greece, Gregoris works with the desperate drive of the uprooted. With his genius for fabrics he may make and lose fortunes – while new wars approach, the German invasion, the Greek Civil War.
His young daughter Eleni registers the obscenity of foreign invasion, the intimate atrocity of civil strife. But will her secret alliance with her father drive her, too, to flee – from family wars and ties and enticements?