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Kiss of the Chicken King, by Oscar Mclennan


Funny, sad, disturbing but most of all startlingly original, the novel follows an outcast, offbeat figure, as he weaves his unsteady way through an early eighties punkish London, where the drums of war are beating, the flag waving patriots are waxing their cars and it is not advisable to be swimming against the tide.

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It tells the story of how Jimmy is obsessed with the little things around him. With the bright red telephone that never rings. With the fly on the bare light bulb. With the dead cat on his front path and the fact that life is passing him by. With his sunbathing neighbour. With the hole in his heart where Rosie used to be. With the arrival of a pram and a baby, he decides to change his name and his lifestyle, step in from the fringes of society and offer up a new, socially acceptable version of himself. But is the population at large ready for him? That’s the question, and it may be that his salvation lies in another direction – the kiss of the chicken king – a kiss that is unswervingly loyal, asks for nothing in return, yet promises warmth, excitement and companionship.

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