she could not always match his youth, she could always enjoy it.
It was like owning a kestrel. You could thrill to its flight without
needing to fly yourself. It zoomed in and snatched morsels of
meat from your hand.’
‘matriarch’. When Maggie’s husband dies in the
bed of another woman, she surges out of their stately home. She
heads East, to the source of the family wealth, touching down
in Bangladesh. A beautiful young man, Sepen, welcomes her at the
airport and shepherds her through the culture shock of his country.
As their relationship becomes sexual he starts to crack her English
veneer. When she becomes ill she needs him. When she grows strong
again she needs him even more.
continues her journey to Thailand. In releasing her husband’s
ashes into the River Kwai she steps clear of her past. It’s
too damn stupid to think of Sepen as part of her future. Surely
‘A strange tale that is sometimes unbelievable
but makes for compelling reading nonetheless.’
Nottingham Evening Post
Profile : Martin Goodman
Goodman was born in Leicester, Middle England, in 1956, and in the
1960s he was already a regular summer visitor to the Tangiers of
Paul Bowles. He left school to take a sales job in Berlin, crossing
the wall for visits with friends in the East at weekends. He has
worked in China, Saudi Arabia, Italy, the Netherlands, Thailand
and Qatar; founded Scotland's premier video publishing business;
toured as a professional actor; worked bars as an organist and pianist;
and run a mobile music sales exhibition. An intimate of some of
the day's top spiritual leaders, a pilgrim to many of the sacred
places around the globe, he has also walked through civil war zones
of Eastern Turkey and Sri Lanka, smoked hashish with bandits in
East Bengal, taken psychedelics with Amazonian shamans, and visited
remote refugee camps and relief projects.
Goodman has been awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writer's Bursary,
and Travel Awards from the Scottish Arts Council and the Society
of Authors. His journalism appears in The Scotsman, The Financial
Times, The Los Angeles Times etc.
first novel (On
Bended Knee) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. After
years of pushing non-fiction to its limits, writing books that tell
stories he would never have dared to imagine, Slippery When Wet
marks his return to the novel. As he says himself, "It is as
true, as bold and daring, as I know how to write."
Martin Goodman lives in Sandy, Bedfordshire.
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Group Guide for this title.