This is a collection of life-affirming stories about couples who met and fell in love. So you know the endings already. Or do you? There is nothing predictable here. The storytelling is inspired, at once poetic and real. The style is deceptively simple and the themes are international. Love is old and young. Love breaks through borders.
‘The music’s still pumpin’ out the PA as DJ Loopi DexDex makes his last stand…’
So begins 24 hours of pain and madness and laughter in the underbelly of the Big Smoke.
Fifteen years after it was first published, Nick Barlay’s out-of-print cult classic is back. It’s 4am. The clock is ticking.
For most of us, there is one person we can never stop loving. For Elkie Bonner, a grocer’s daughter from Northern Ireland, it’s Ivan Packenham, the sophisticated son of a local landowner. He asks her to ‘run away’ with him to London. Once there, he neglects her. After a disastrous holiday together, he disappears, sending her postcards which arrive with no return address. Elkie struggles to forget him, takes lovers, becomes engaged. Then Ivan sends her another postcard.
Cool media man Root Wilson almost has it all - the London radio show, the movie deal, the dream girl. But the reappearance of deceased film director Philip Hegley leads Root to put everything at risk, drawing him into a world of tough media fixers, as well as henchmen such as Nesh, the persuasive - and extremely light-footed - enforcer, and Naysmith, the raisin-eyed heavy.
Ballet-mad Katie Rivers lives in a small border town in New Mexico with her eccentric half-Cherokee mother, wisecracking father and Kawasaki-crazy brother who calls her a ‘weirdnik in a tutu’. Katie escapes from her family and boring hometown into the hothouse world of professional dance. Her single-mindedness takes her from a desert backwater to the dance capital of the world. The Double Happiness Company
is a poignant, funny novel about fat, fate and ballet.