Troubador Bloody Flies

Released: 01/06/2012

eISBN: 9781780888965

Format: eBook

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Bloody Flies


Bloody Flies is a sequence of episodes that offer glimpses of expat life in the opening decade of the 21st century, and the shifting morals that occur when Middle?East meets West. After the death of?Leo’s father, Leo and Diana Hunter move, with their children Laura, Ian and Charlie, to materialistic Abu Dhabi in search of the best future that money can buy.

Despite their commitment to this neat world, their hopes soon begin to crumble when their son, Charlie, is killed in a car accident on the street. The book chronicles the Hunters’ struggle to deal with the death, the subsequent disintegration of their marriage and their attempt to regain control of their lives, whilst living under the shadow of corruption, slavery and greed.

Bloody?Flies gives a harrowing insight into Abu Dhabi and will appeal to fans of modern and contemporary fiction, especially those who enjoy tales about expats. A key episode in the story ‘Moving Messages’ was runner up in the 2010 Kitab/M Magazine short fiction competition. Author Andrew is inspired by Graham Greene, David Mitchell and David Nichols.

Praise for Moving Messages:

‘A very fine story’

Adam Haslett

‘Moving tale of parental loss and grief’

Helena Frith Powell in The National

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Andrew J Keir

Andrew J Keir is the first writer to have been shortlisted twice for the Kitab/M Magazine short story prize, the largest prize in the Middle East for short stories in the English language (The Sirens' Song - 2009 and Moving Messages - 2010).

Moving Messages, an episode from Bloody Flies, was runner up in the 2010 competition.

The Abu Dhabi based author holds an MA from Lancaster University's prestigious Creative Writing programme.

His first novel, Bloody Flies, will be available soon from Matador.

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