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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 and Good Morning, Mr Crusoe, is a pen name of Charles Boyle, founder-editor of CBe, who published The Other Jack in 2021.

Jack Robinson  An Overcoat: Scenes from the Afterlife of H.B.

Longlisted for 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize

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.

‘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)

‘The most innovative, intelligent, vertiginous novel to appear in years.’
     – Frances Wilson, Times Literary Supplement

An Overcoat is brilliant, absorbing, strange, and highly recommended.’
     – The Brooknerian

‘... its delightful hop, skip and a jump along that unstable line that separates fact from fiction ... Neither-one-thing-nor-the-other of the year.’
    – Jonathan Gibbs, Books of the Year 2017

‘An exquisite collection of red herrings caught in a very loosely knotted net by a well-known escapologist. They are prompted by reflections on the life and afterlives of Henri Beyle, aka Stendhal ...’
     – John Sandoe Books

‘This is a very European book and for that alone it ought to be banned’
     – Marius Kociejowski

Published in tandem with An Overcoat: Robinson