An elderly man dressed as Mr Punch crouches in a darkened room. Someone is coming up the stairs. A ghastly figure approaches . . .
Cut to Bayview, a care home with a difference. Increasingly haunted by memories, George Pemberton, the latest resident, is determined to return to his wife Judy. Not if the motley crew of Bayview inmates has anything to do with it. A prisoner of old age and the care home's staff, George has little choice but to bide his time vandalizing cars, enticing residents to sneeze their teeth out and performing exorcisms with ‘unholy water’. It is not until the tragic death of a resident that George seizes his chance of escape. Freedom, however, brings its own problems in the form of a busker with a grudge and a psychotic clown who pursue him as he heads for home and his old life with Judy.
In The Death of Mr Punch, Jonathan Carter’s alternately chilling, moving and comic debut novel, the reader is gripped in a vice as tight as Punch’s embrace.
JONATHAN CARTER was born in London in 1964 and appeared as a child actor in television advertisements before finishing his education at home in various parts of the UK. As an arts journalist, he worked for the BBC and contributed to Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and GQ. Soon he began writing fiction, contributing chapters to two Faber books, Shouting at the Telly and Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. He has created online films and content for London’s Serpentine Gallery, the British Film Institute, Faber & Faber and the charity NESTA.
|Date Published||26th May 2016|
The Death of Mr Punch
- Product Code: Paperback
- Author: Jonathan Carter