Richard Milward exploded onto the British literary scene in 2007 with Apples, an unflinching portrayal of the brutality of adolescence which became a play and a cult classic. He returns with his first novel in eight years, Man-Eating Typewriter.
This innovative novel-within-a-novel is set at the end of the 1960s, and tells the story of a psychopath called Raymond Novak, who is submitting his memoirs to a seedy London publishing house. As the typewritten pages come in, members of staff are increasingly disturbed by the salacious content, which recounts everything from a love affair with a Barbary Ape on the Rock of Gibraltar to a stint in an erotic cabaret in Paris.
Told largely in Polari, a language developed and used mainly amongst the metropolitan homosexual community in the time when being gay was still a criminal offence, Man-Eating Typewriter isawild, transgressive, erotic, and resolutely uncompromising book. It isan act of seductive sedition by a writer with unfathomable literary talent and chutzpah.