Wild Twin by Jeff Young

The new book by the author of the Costa and Portico Prizes shortlisted Ghost Town.

‘To become invisible is what I want most, the dream of disappearing.’

One morning in the 1970s Jeff Young slips out of his parents’ home with the intention of hitch-hiking to Paris in search of a version of himself he calls the wild twin – a shadow boy, a feral drifter. There he falls headlong into a fever dream of dive hotels, rough sleeping, getting lost, squats, violence, poverty, thieving, illness and madness. Journeying across Europe, from cathedral to doss-house, from Red Light District to deportation and breakdown, finally Young returns to present-day Liverpool, caring for his dying father in the house he ran away from fifty years before, remembering the past with a man who can no longer remember.

From the author of the Costa-shortlisted Ghost Town, Wild Twin is a hallucinatory dream book of loss and loneliness, a book of wild images, a love song to cities.

With collage illustrations by the author.

Praise for Ghost Town:

‘a book of plangent beauty and longing’ Anthony Quinn

‘…sonorous, lyrical, sensual.’ Paula Byrne

‘Riveting.’ Alan O’Hare

Published 18th September 2024, hardback.

Orders will be recorded and sent out on publication.

£20.00

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Description

Jeff Young is a writer for screen, stage and radio. A former senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, Jeff lives in Liverpool. He is also the author of Ghost Town.

Additional information

Weight450 g
Dimensions216 × 150 mm

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