"This is an irrestible novel. It's virtuoso prose never falters; its quirky invention never fails." Zoe Heller, The Observer
"A gymnastically clever piece of writing." Sunday Times
"A brilliantly contrived exercise in the picaresque." The Guardian
Long listed for the Booker Prize.
There's no doubt about it. Joey Blueglass is a talented man. How many people can sing any song after hearing it once, read a newspaper then repeat its contents word for word backwards, or recall their life in the womb? Joey can and makes it pay by performing as a Memory Man in the smoky music halls of Victorian London, until it turns out there are some key events that Joey has forgotten...