THE ZOO
CHRIS WILSON
NEWS
CONTACT
NOVELS
Gallimauf's Gospel
Baa
Blueglass
Mischief
Fou
The Word
The Ballad of Lee Cotton
Nookie
E-BOOKS
REVIEWS
TRANSLATIONS
AGENT/RIGHTS
EXTRACTS
IMAGES
LINKS
     
 


The Ballad of Lee Cotton  (UK, Little Brown)

Cotton (US, Harcourt)


'Brilliantly conceived, wonderfully written, heart-stoppingly involving.' LITERARY REVIEW

'Wildly entertaining' DAILY MAIL

'An exuberant, joyful ride. Outrageously funny, it combines high farce with biting satire' INDEPENDENT

'A complete original' WASHINGTON POST

'This is blisteringly funny social satire, a real tour-de-force.' SUNDAY EXPRESS


From his Icelandic father Lee Cotton gets his marble skin and azure eyes. From his mixed-race mother he gains his black identity. And from his Mambo grandmother he inherits the talents to hear the thoughts of the living and dead. It's a combination that sets Lee apart from the other kids growing up in Eureka, Mississippi. It means that the voices in his head have nothing to do with the Baptist choir, and the colour of his hair is blond. It marks Lee out as profoundly odd. And very white.

'Cotton is a marvellous creation... a rumbustious romp of a novel, full of comic set pieces and imaginative, playful writing which explores notions of identity and belonging.' MAIL ON SUNDAY  'Exuberant' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH  'Written with all the imaginative gusto of a heavy-weight novelist, it's easy to admire this ambitious book'  FINANCIAL TIMES 'With his easy charm that is enthralling and endearing, he is an Everyman whose ballad is worth hearing.' OBSERVER 'That this novel never irritates or lectures, or gets too serious, is due entirely to the charm of Lee Cotton, whose easy Southern manners and affability make the book worthwhile. For this, Christopher Wilson should be commended.' SPECTATOR 'It's brimful of ideas, littered with surprises, sad, dramatic, funny by turns, and richly peopled with charcters, from leading players to cameo roles, who are almost, but not quite, too weird for words. This is Wilson's particular skill. As he moves Lee from one part of America to another from race to race and gender to gender he sustains the illusion that- for all its bizarreness- this is an essentially realistic portrayal of modern man (woman, whatever) Lee Cotton is Everyman by way of the Elephan Man, like none of us, yet like any one of us.' LITERARY REVIEW 'There are neat touches of Kurt Vonnegut-esque humour... a wildly entertaining read.' DAILY MAIL 'The true delight here is Wilson's literary ventriloquism. Lee's lilting voice is addictive and often hilarious. As a moral philosopher, though, his insights rival the profundity of that other great Dixie Sage, Forrest Gump.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Wilson is a clever satirist, and his portrait of America in one of its most troubled decades is full of deft touches and surprising twists.' MAIL ON SUNDAY