The Folded Man
In 2018, Manchester is a rotten city propped up by a few bad men. After the cuts, the toppling of its flagship tower, the riots and the terror, the promise of a prosperous North is gone. The first industrial city is dying – its people left to fend for themselves. With the rise of nationalism, it's only getting worse. Now, the only currency is trust and Brian Meredith – addict, depressive, wheelchair-bound – has new trouble with old problems.
It doesn't help that Brian is a mermaid – or at least thinks he is. Born with sirenomelia to Jehovah's Witnesses, his legs are fused from thigh to foot. He was never operated on. His mother brought him up as a myth – hiding the truth, or otherwise helping him to repress it. And in this decaying city, where grey morals match grey skies, Brian's condition is something both friends and enemies will use. THE FOLDED MAN is a remarkable literary debut with an utterly unforgettable central character who will live long in the memory. Sitting somewhere between literary fiction, crime and sci-fi, it's an exhilarating, challenging and wildly daring debut novel that addresses the fears of now through an idea of tomorrow
‘The Folded Man captures the smell and essence of Britain through its main character, his desires, addictions and strange courage. Written with direct vividness in a present historic that keeps one inside its totally realised world.’
‘A memorable debut with pathos, dark humour and true heart.’
‘Quite simply, The Folded Man reads like Coetzee with ADHD.’
‘The rhythmic writing style is perfect, and some scenes are so brilliantly dark, perverse and engaging that your skin tingles with excitement’
‘The Folded Man, with its well realised fictional world and its oddly captivating, all too human protagonist, is a very promising debut indeed.’
‘Some combination of Raymond Chandler, Trainspotting, and Philip K. Dick, Hill’s unsettling novel is not an escapist fantasy, but rather a call to arms, a plea to change the future.