Steven Spalding is a mild-mannered, overweight civil servant with a humdrum, solitary life. But he has a secret: a rude, wise-cracking, anarchic alter-ego named Eric Dombey.
Buried in hilarious tales of comic genius, in a variety of formats ranging from diary entries to movie scripts, a truer picture of the real Steven begins to emerge, and all is not as it seems. As events in his life accelerate and slip out of control, the boundaries between the real and the unreal begin to blur.
In this cleverly crafted novel, Geoff Palmer makes us reconsider the whole concept of fiction and reality, while providing keen yet sympathetic insights into the complexities of the human condition.
Hilarious, heart-breaking and quietly disturbing.
Geoff Palmer’s debut novel delighted and riveted both readers and critics, winning the prestigious Reed / North & South Award. If you enjoyed the comic genius of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole or the anarchic wit and biting satire of A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz, you will love Telling Stories.
Winner of the Reed Fiction Award in association with North and South
“An absolutely splendid and entertaining book.” Kevin Ireland,
“Cunningly plotted … fiendishly twisted …” David Eggleton, NZ Listener
“Witty, irreverent, satirical, outrageous …” Ian Dixon, The Christchurch Press
“… an exciting new voice in our literature.” Howard Warner, New Zealand Books