Troubador The Colours We Choose

Released: 28/07/2018

ISBN: 9781789014228

eISBN: 9781789011494

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Colours We Choose


Colours figure highly in this second book of short stories by Deryck Whittaker. Whether they be the auspicious or otherwise hues of a north-oriented front door; the red of the ubiquitous laterite of the African bush; the grey amber essential to perfume manufacture; the dark green of a coveted Finnish glass piece; the magenta of the colour shift in old photos; the blue eponym of an extreme right wing movement or the orange of a swimming costume bought in M&S by a woman of a certain age.
As in Whittaker’s earlier book, we find ourselves in an array of locations worldwide, and introduced to a near-debauched community on a suburban housing estate; Oscar Wilde; Dante; Gabriel Rossetti; Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick; a thinly disguised General Pinochet and Idi Amin; a superannuated Superman and a cast of characters from the Guinness Book of Records.

It’s a voyage in which we encounter the quick and the dead, the obese, the doomed, the obsessive, the haunted, the guilty, the guilt-ridden and the thankful. It will interest readers who enjoy short tales and quick wit.

Critical praise for Cheese and Other Stories:

“Whittaker is a master of stylish language, agile in both dialogue and descriptive settings. The stories are dazzlingly constructed and marbled with memorable passages...” The Nation (Bangkok)

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Deryck  Whittaker

Deryck Whittaker was born in London but has resided for most of his life in locations outside the UK, including France, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Venezuela, Argentina, USA, Norway, Lebanon, Iran, Greece, Vietnam, Indonesia and, presently, Thailand.

His first collection of short stories Cheese and Other Stories was published in 2013.

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