Andy dreams of leopards. When he has unprotected sex with a man tattooed from head to foot with animals, he believes he may be pregnant. Meanwhile Penny, the young woman whose council house he shares, has started an affair with a club-footed body builder whom Andy believes is beneath her. Their street, Phoenix Court, abounds with secrets and suspicion. All the while, Penny's mother, the transvestite Liz, lies in a coma in Bishop Auckland hospital. While the street waits to see her wake and hear what it is like on the other side, Andy runs away to Edinburgh to sample the wicked delights of the city and to give birth to Jep, his leopard child. Paul Magrs blends acute observation of the humdrum with an exceptional understanding of the foibles and aspirations of his characters, creating a unique world in which the arrival of milkmen and buses may be predictable, but life isn't.
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The ordinary inhabitants of a small-town council estate turn out to hold extraordinary secrets in Paul Magrs' strangely compelling novel, Could It Be Magic?. Set in the grey wastelands of the north-east, Magrs has looked beyond the ravages of boom and bust Britain--with its council ghettos and widespread unemployment--to reveal a community brimming with passions. At first glance, the leading characters are exceptional only in their mediocrity: Elsie, old before her time, weighed down by a crippled son and depressive husband, whose only solace lies in a bottle of gin; tattooed Mark, who spends his days bodybuilding and nights babysitting his ex-wife's new baby; Penny, who left school too soon and fills her house with students; Andy whose gay lover left him for a better life. But the arrival of Penny's Mam on New Year's Eve (with her own startling secret) sets off a chain of astonishing events. Fantasy mingles with the mundane until it's hard to know what to accept as commonplace and what to dismiss as trivial. A frisson of sexual energy sparks from council roof to satellite dish as Magrs' characters discover their innermost secrets and how to live life to the full. -- Carey GreenAbout the Author:
Paul Magrs was born in 1969 and comes from Aycliffe in County Durham. He is the author of two highly acclaimed novels, Marked For Life and Does It Show?, and a collection of short stories, Playing Out.
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Book Description U.K / Vintage, 1999. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. The authors fourth book. A paperback copy, in new condition. (328 pages). Bookseller Inventory # 1557
Book Description VINTAGE, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099268736