Patrick Neate The London Pigeon Wars

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The London Pigeon Wars

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Master storyteller Patrick Neate has written a funny, provocative and daring tale of London high- and low-life set among the capital's twirtysomethings. Featuring performance poetry; murder; Trafalgar Square's only fried-chicken induced battle; hat selling; bank robbery for the middle classes, love (and other social ailments); as well as pigeons - lots of crazed, angry thinking pigeons - The London Pigeon Wars is both a comic fable for our times and an exciting bird's eye view of life (and death) in the city.

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Patrick Neate's two previous novels are Musungu Jim and the Great Chief Tuloko and Twelve Bar Blues. Patrick Neate lives in London, W6.

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The return of an old friend turns life upside down for a group of thirtysomethings in this quirky novel set in contemporary London. Murray is a disarmingly charming con artist forever elbowing his way into other people's business. His reappearance after a decade reminds his fellow urbanites--including a fringe poet, a haughty haberdasher, and a financially strapped entrepreneur--just how hopelessly bland their daily lives have become. In the past, Murray has orchestrated relatively innocuous schemes: peddling laxatives to drug-seeking university students and selling worthless antiques for outrageous sums. But his latest plan, for which he single-mindedly enlists his friends, is both serious and deadly. Hovering over Murray et al. is the city's pigeon population, divided into two "camps" who battle beak to beak to retain their respective turfs. The birds' skirmishes paralyze the city, as citizens become consumed with the chaos in the sky. Author of the Whitbread Award-winning Twelve Bar Blues (2002), Neate casts his satirical eye on a bleak urban landscape where the search for identity haunts both the earthbound and the winged. Allison Block
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