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Hotel du Jack

And Other Stories

Dan Brotzel

Hotel du Jack by Dan Brotzel

A woman granted a superpower finds it more trouble than it’s worth. A children’s entertainer wrestles with problems that are nothing to joke about. And a harassed dad attempts to meet the challenge of the primary school cake competition. These modern tales offer a fresh look at daily struggles with life, death, love and the school run.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781912240876
Publication Date: 23/01/2020
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Dan Brotzel
Dan Brotzel has written a collection of funny-sad short stories, Hotel du Jack, and a darkly comic novel, The Wolf in the Woods, both published by Sandstone Press. He is...


‘[These stories] chart the transformative, vengeful, poignant moments of everyday life with an appealing down-to-earth candour.’

Daily Mail

‘An impressive debut’

The Irish Times

‘Brotzel packs each mini escapade with surprise and wit, playing deftly with form and tone and probing what is absurd and poignant in everyday life. Each story can turn on a phrase, and there’s a powerful sensation that something sinister is inching towards you with every line.’

The Herald

‘Thoughtful and satirical, Alan Bennett meets David Sedaris meets Jasper Fforde. Dan Brotzel’s collection turns clichés on their heads. ’

Stuart Hannabuss, Press & Journal

‘Alive with humour, wit and subtle observations...and, then, when we’re least expecting it, a darkness, a deeper reality,a shadow that creeps up behind and holds up a mirror.’

Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo

‘This book is unique, original and, most importantly, a joy to read – a masterclass in short story writing.’

Christopher Fielden, award-winning and Amazon best-selling author

‘A bouncy and heartfelt read. Get ordering!’

B.F. Jones, Storgy Magazine

‘Hotel du Jack is funny, sad, excruciating and poignant.’

Alex Woolf

‘Brotzel’s prose style is anarchic and economical. His dialogue fizzes along brilliantly and he’s genuinely a laugh-out-loud writer, but with some real pathos and depth to his characters too.’

C.M. Taylor, author of Premiership Psycho and Staying On

‘Funny, but also touching, and sometimes a little bit odd. For that I truly enjoyed them.’

Louisa, NetGalley

‘A contemporary collection with 21st century themes. Brexit, Trump, Alexa and other themes abound, but never does the author skimp on the portrayal of characters... A great read.’

Philipa, NetGalley

‘The kind of collection that gets more interesting and fuller with every subsequent analysis or discussion.’

Superfluous Reading blog

‘Hotel du Jack brings together 28 stories, frequently marrying style and substance to pull off a fresh, witty and insightful collection.’

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