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By Iain Sinclair

Eating on Stones is Iain Sinclair's sharp, edgy secret of London and its environs. Andrew Norton, poet, visionary and hack, is passed a mysterious package deal that sees him surrender London and head out alongside the A13 on an as but undefined quest. Holing up in a roadside inn, not able to make feel of his seek, he's haunted through ghosts: of the lifeless and the not-so lifeless; not easy other halves and ex-wives; East finish gangsters; even competing models of himself. transferring from Hackney to Hastings and all locations in-between, whereas dissecting a man's fractured psyche piece through piece, eating on Stones is a puzzle and a quest - for either author and reader. "Exhilarating, splendidly humorous, vastly unsettling - Sinclair on best form". (Daily Telegraph). "Prose of just about incantatory energy, minimize with Chandleresque pithiness". (Sunday Times). "Spectacular: the paintings of a guy with the ability to determine issues as they're, and amplify that imaginative and prescient with a readability that's right now hallucinatory and forensic". (Independent on Sunday). Iain Sinclair is the writer of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor's Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; lighting Out for the Territory; Lud warmth; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters; London Orbital, eating on Stones, Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire, and Ghost Milk. he's additionally the editor of London: urban of Disappearances.

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