The first novel by the acclaimed, brilliantly unconventional Nicola Barker, prize-winning author of The Yips
Reversed Forecast is a vivid snapshot of pre-gentrification London and a tale of finding love in less-than-scenic places. Chance meetings between its cast of inimitably odd individuals—Ruby, the betting-shop cashier; violently disturbed (and disturbing) Vincent; Samantha, the would-be cabaret singer; and Little Buttercup, the never-quite-made-it greyhound—result in the unlikeliest of couples. There’s always the risk that it could all be disastrous as characters try—or don’t try—to make winning combinations. But as Ruby, the story’s soft-centered heroine, observes: “Losing, that’s the whole point of the gamble.”
Dazzling, gritty, and surprising, Reversed Forecast is the uniquely entertaining first novel by Nicola Barker, previously shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and winner of the Hawthornden Prize and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
“Beautifully rendered—well written, clear and revelatory.” —The Times (London)
“A capital fairy tale.” —The Guardian
“A strange and wonderful novel.” —The Sunday Times (London)
“An imaginative lowlife tale, told with acuteness and verve.” —The Literary Review
Nicola Barker’s eight previous novels include Darkmans
(short-listed for the 2007 Man Booker and Ondaatje prizes, and winner of the Hawthornden Prize), Wide Open
(winner of the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and Clear
(long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2004). She has also written two prize-winning collections of short stories, and her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in East London.