The Plotting

The Plotting

By John Lucas

Price: £9.99

ISBN: 978-1-910996-06-5

Published by Greenwich Exchange

paperback, 266 pages

On a bleak mid-week evening early in the new year, a semi-professional jazz musician is nearing the end of a pub session when he suddenly recognises, sitting at the back of a room, a woman who disappeared from his life ten years earlier. Why is she here? What does she want? Uncovering answers to these questions is at the heart of John Lucas’s new novel. Set in a small midlands town, The Plotting is about the often hidden motives by which seemingly ordinary people choose to steer their lives. Lighter in tone than Waterdrops, Lucas’s previous novel, The Plotting is as ingeniously constructed and as much concerned with the discovery of difficult truths.

“John Lucas’s [Waterdrops] is a mystery-like series of Russian dolls, an enthralling narrative …. Lucas’s is a beautiful, profoundly charitable art.” Paul Binding, The Independent

“A splendid novel …. I couldn’t put it down.” Merryn Williams, Oxford Mail

“A superb novel. One of the best I have read this century.” Barry Cole

“A fine and extraordinary novel. Sombre, troubled, intricate, deeply searching – philosophical, to some extent perhaps, in the way Greek tragedy is?” Richard Kell

John Lucas’s most recent books are The Awkward Squad: Rebels in English Cricket, shortlisted for the 2015 Cricket Writers’ Book of the Year Award, George Crabbe: A Critical Study, and a new collection of poems, Portable Property.

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