New PDF release: The Nick of Time

By Francis King

ISBN-10: 1447258150

ISBN-13: 9781447258155

‘A e-book facing smooth difficulties and rightly longlisted for the fellow Booker Prize. King is a writer’s author, his voice totally convincing’ Beryl Bainbridge, Books of the yr, Daily Telegraph

Francis King’s provocative and adventurous novel seems to be on the havoc wrought whilst a tender Kosovan – an unlawful immigrant – unearths himself in London. Mehmet leads a double lifestyles befriending and accommodation with an aged girl who suffers from MS, whereas while having an affair with a feminine general practitioner and throwing himself onto the London homosexual scene. catastrophe looms whilst he starts a courting with a homosexual protector – and is arrested as a result of his unlawful status.

‘Very a lot of right here and now . . . fullyyt persuasive’ Penelope energetic, The Spectator

‘I enjoyed The Nick of Time, very relaxing and subversive, with a hugely enticing hero whose undesirable behaviour made compulsive interpreting – his exploits have been so much entertaining’ Margaret Drabble

‘King’s ability is such that, although one senses from early on that Mehmet is completely untrustworthy, the hypnotism of his allure is convincing’ Anthony Thwaite, Sunday Telegraph

‘An up to the moment mystery concentrated at the fortunes and misfortunes of a good-looking unlawful immigrant . . . and wonderfully written’ Antonia Fraser, Books of the yr, Mail on Sunday

Literary Awards
Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2003)

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Three, mister. " His face twists out a smile like a crack in a dry pod. "Maybe that what it be . . War, eh? " I asked him. Suddenly he laughed. His face got full of sun and green fields. "You might be all right," he said. " He lurched off down the field, lashing out at the horse in peasant savagery. " I spoke the other day of the strange growth which has formed over Thomas Honey's eyes: He is totally blind now. We, in our wisdom, are helpless to aid him. I am not satisfied with our condition on earth.

I made myself powerful. Moonlight felt my hatred for her and he raised his arm and struck her. " That she is plotting against me I know. I have felt her eyes upon him and it is only me she sees. I understand her. It is the man she wants, not what her husband is: you see, I am her husband now and she does not know how to conduct herself with a saint. Why should I go to bed with her? My seed is not for her. I wish to impregnate the world. I hate the man Christ lived in. How little he understood Him, taking Him to the Cross because the problem could not be solved.

Three, mister. " His face twists out a smile like a crack in a dry pod. "Maybe that what it be . . War, eh? " I asked him. Suddenly he laughed. His face got full of sun and green fields. "You might be all right," he said. " He lurched off down the field, lashing out at the horse in peasant savagery. " I spoke the other day of the strange growth which has formed over Thomas Honey's eyes: He is totally blind now. We, in our wisdom, are helpless to aid him. I am not satisfied with our condition on earth.

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