Praise for Moving Messages:
‘A very fine story’
‘Moving tale of parental loss and grief’
Helena Frith Powell in The National
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Novelist Helena Frith Powell Reviews Bloody Flies, http://helenafrithpowellonbloodyflies.weebly.com/
Bloody Flies is Andrew J Keir’s first novel. Intriguing and innovative, it reveals the disturbing and complicated world of Leo and Diana Hunter via a series of compelling short stories, which work equally as well on their own and as part of the whole.
After the death of Leo’s father, the Hunters make the reluctant decision to leave Warrington and return to their expatriate life in Abu Dhabi. But it is not all ‘gin and tonics’ by the pool. Against an exotic backdrop of camel races, silk jockey shirts, desert treks and luxury hotels, family tragedy strikes. The Hunters’ lives spin out of control, uncovering the darker side of the story - child slavery, police corruption, sexual harassment, labour camps, infidelity and death.
I love this book. Andrew J Keir is a master of character and atmosphere. His characters are credible in the best possible way - because they are ordinary and face the same dilemmas as the rest of us - even though they don’t always behave as expected. His pithy descriptions create a sensory ‘fly on the wall’ experience. I was there with Leo and Diana in the searing heat of Abu Dhabi. The book is deliberately not overtly political and Andrew J Keir’s direct and unassuming writing style leaves readers to make up their own minds about the book’s key themes.
Andrew J Keir could not publish this book in Abu Dhabi because of its sensitive content. For that reason and because this is a great read, it is worth getting to know this brave writer.
by Kathy Greethurst
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.