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ISBN 978-1-909585-24-9
First published April 2017
Paperback; 144 pages; 180 x 120 mm
click here to read a pdf excerpt.
Jack Robinson, author of Days and Nights in W12 (CBe), has also written as Jennie Walker (24 for 3, McKitterick Prize, Bloomsbury) and Charles Boyle (ex-Faber poet, short stories from Salt).

Jack Robinson  An Overcoat

‘I read it with an idiot grin, delighted by every sentence, each of which has been constructed with remarkable care, not just for its own sound and plausibility, but to reflect the daily realities of life ... I can’t think of a wittier, more engaging, stylistically audacious, attentive and generous writer working in the English language right now.’
     – Nicholas Lezard, Guardian (full review here)

In love, thwarted, ridiculous – the wind has changed direction and he is stuck here for ever.

In June 1819 Henri Beyle (aka Stendhal) is rejected by the woman he loves. But quitting is not an option, and Beyle finds himself stranded in an afterlife populated by tourists, shoplifters, characters in novels he hasn’t yet written and impostors who have stolen his pseudonyms.

Footnoting a host of other writers, An Overcoat is an
obsessional play upon the life and work of one of the founders of the modern novel.

In 2017 CBe will publish An Overcoat (April) and (in June) Robinson – a diptych – by Jack Robinson (a pen-name of Charles Boyle, editor of CBe). Also by Jack Robinson:

Days and Nights in W12
‘Ingeniously observed, elliptical and funny, it’s like the best moments in a novel, minus the padding.’ – Geoff Dyer

by the same author
‘This book is a kind of portrait of the contemporary committed reader: oh, you think, reading it, is that what I’m like?’ – Jonathan Gibbs

Robinson (available in June 2017):

The footprint discovered by Robinson Crusoe on the shore of his island is that of a migrant. Crusoe is ‘terrify’d to the last degree’. He builds a wall, and fortifies it with guns.

Written following the 2016 referendum in which the UK voted to quit the European Union, Robinson is in part a record of the disfiguring
influence of Defoe’s novel on British education and culture. The latter-day Robinsons of Kafka, Céline, Patrick Keiller and others are surveyed, and Robinson himself as a fictional character – ‘more a sort of ghost’ – makes known his opinion of the author.