Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2013
A lads’ weekend in Eastern Europe spirals out of control. A bleeding tourist is rescued by a stranger in downtown Toronto. A middle-aged woman holidaying in Tunisia considers the local options for love. An unemployed man shares his fantasies of a sex tour of Arizona with his long-suffering girlfriend. A woman is drawn into an impromptu but life-changing football game in the heart of the Amazon.
Following his universally acclaimed third novel, Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, Somerset Maugham Award-winner, Rodge Glass, has created a themed, contemporary story collection like no other. With wit, wisdom, insight and pathos, he examines men and women of all ages who, through the advent of discount air travel, play out their lives and loves across the globe. Glass brilliantly captures the isolation, dislocation and occasional epiphanies of those who find themselves a thousand miles from home, and those who long to be.
‘the atmosphere of disillusion, cynicism and impending doom is worthy of Roberto Bolaño… Behind the vulgar or stupid or simply innocent behaviour of Glass’s tourists there is often a core of real affection’ Irish Times
‘Glass seems in synch with the restless zeitgeist. His tales are in-flight entertainment which, (once you’ve checked in and rushed to your gate) are well worth checking out.’ The Scotsman
‘With bright, bold prose, Glass breathes new life into the exotic cities that have been reduced to a few empty paragraphs in travel guides… utterly compelling’ The List magazine
‘Brilliant, razor sharp and thoroughly modern in its prose. I love this collection of stories.’ Helen Walsh
'Never before has the impact of low cost international travel on modern lives been so thoughtfully considered and brilliantly captured... beautiful, profound, sometimes heartbreaking, this literary triumph shows the levelling impact of low cost air travel... Laugh, be moved and consider the question: are you part of the easyJet generation?' Traveller Magazine
'... ideal holiday-reading.'
'Brilliant writing, the variety of locales, and the bold portrayal of character will delight short story and literary-fiction readers and may create demand for Glass’ previous novels.'
About Rodge Glass
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Video: Rodge Glass reads from Orientation #3
Publication date: 22nd April 2013
Format: 198x129, paperback, 240pp
Praise for Bring Me The Head of Ryan Giggs
“A fine, bittersweet novel…Glass's narrative is beautifully controlled, full of temporal hops and deft shifts in register.” Independent on Sunday
“Credible and compelling – Glass's novel might even touch the heart of the most ardent Man City fan.” The Observer
“A complex and moving portrayal of obsession, football and heroes with boots of clay.” Will Self
“Rodge Glass’s novel is a gripping rollercoaster ride through the nature of obsession and the unregarded lives of football failures.” Daily Mail
“Compelling, authentic, pacy. Glass skillfully constructs a tale of how a moment can change a life, how the road less travelled can end with a stumble into the gutter…a novel that talks convincingly of football but whispers persuasively of much else.” The Herald
“For every dream career there are thousands of boys whose dreams are painfully broken. This less-often considered reality is dissected here without losing sight of the love of the game.” Pat Nevin
“The attention to detail is one of the strengths of this moving, snappily-written book…Glass is clearly inhabiting the same territory David Peace so artfully trod with The Damned United as he seeks to interweave a fictional story with actual events… mesmerizing and exhilarating.” The Scotsman
“Absolutely astonishing…nothing short of exceptional.” Liam Bradford, presenter of Red Wednesday, Radio Manchester
“Glass has a unique idea: an unhinged, obsessive failure from the United Class of ’92 blames Giggs for his demise and plots vengeance… deserves a look for its freshness” FourFourTwo
"Not since April 1999, when he dribbled twice round the entire Arsenal team and scored the winner in the FA Cup semi final, has Ryan Giggs' head been so valuable. The story feels real, the wit is the real thing and I'd really urge everyone to follow Mikey Wilson's voyage of self discovery.” Graham Hunter, Sky Sports and BBC journalist, author of Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World
“Drawing on an impressive fund of United trivia, Glass views a great team from the perspective of the (fictional) runt of the litter” The Guardian
“Through the characters of men for whom football is a vernacular of the heart, a tradition that offers a reliability absent from the rest of life, Glass explores aspects of the male persona in contemporary British society. He draws out the importance of group identification and hierarchy and what happens when an individual loses their sense of place, how violence becomes a ready option when personal feelings can’t be articulated… You can practically smell the Bovril at half time… he shows football fandom as a glorious tribal cult that in the end is no substitute for life lived to the full.” Scottish Review of Books
"Glass uses moments from recent history, moments from our popular collective consciousness as his creative starting point, proving that literature is still hugely relevant, and agile enough to respond to our contemporary world." Gutter Magazine