The Sleepwalkers Ball

The Sleepwalkers’ Ball


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£9.99 (Alcemi 2009)

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The Sleepwalkers’ Ball


FICTION: Literary; Contemporary Fiction

£9.99 (Alcemi 2009)

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Obsessions with train journeys and silent film are Alan Bilton’s childhood legacy, and both are crucial to his first novel, The Sleepwalkers’ Ball (Alcemi, 2009), which was nominated for the People’s Book Prize in November 2009. The novel features nightmarish train journeys: the anxiety of lateness; losing or merely lugging around luggage; the pressure of packed stations and waiting for loved ones; carriages which are chopped up and fed to a train’s furnace while a bride and groom look on, en route to their honeymoon: all appear or recur in this surreal debut.


Hans is a dreamer, a waiter, a security guard, a young man tending elderly parents, a layabout, an old man scribbling his memories. Driven out in his pyjamas into a strangely black and white Scottish town, Hans sets off in search of both his girl and the one mysterious thing that will solve the riddle of his life. Clara is the art school girl with the lovely round face and ants in her pants, the crazy girl from the pub, always hindered by luggage or her dodgy innards, the sleepy waitress at the ball in the castle grounds, the blowzy dame with the world’s most beautiful mouth. But can they find each other in time?

Set sometime around now, and yet also any time, this is a beautifully surreal romantic comedy wrapped around the forms of the silent film and the Gothic city ghost tour. A cross between Kafka and Mary Poppins, The Sleepwalkers’ Ball is filmic, funny and lyrical in turns. Always moving, it follows two lives: a man and a woman, and their many attempts to hook up together.

“…A script put together by Franz Kafka, Spike Milligan and Charlie Chaplin at a drunken party to celebrate the twinning of (The League of Gentlemen’s) Royston Vasey with the Gorbals – a welcome addition to Celtic Gothic…” Lloyd Jones
“I absolutley loved… ‘The Sleepwalker’s Ball’ by Alan Bilton. It was dark and surreal and cryptic and I couldn’t put it down.”Igarland, The Guardian
“A delicious novel, full of unusual similes, blurred characters and smudged landscapes.” Yvette Hawkins, www.inpressbooks.co.uk
“…Alan Bilton’s artfully-interwoven narratives, part zany city guide, part silent film, create an imaginative whole which is poetic, inventive, surprising and pulsating with life…”DM Thomas, author of The White Hotel
“A confident storyteller, using mythological structures mixed with street and shop talk… as enchanting as the ball to which the brothers Grimm send their twelve dancers, wearing out their pretty shoes by morning… Bilton has the craft of an artist, not just a writer.” Sian Melangell Dafydd, New Welsh Review
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Further Details:
  • Name: The Sleepwalkers’ Ball
  • Author: Alan Bilton
  • Publisher: Alcemi
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780955527265
  • eBook ISBN: Not Currently Available
  • RRP Paperback: £9.99

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FURTHER DETAILS:
  • Name: The Sleepwalkers’ Ball
  • Author: Alan Bilton
  • Publisher: Alcemi
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780955527265
  • eBook ISBN: Not Currently Available
  • RRP Paperback: £9.99

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Where to buy?

Bookstores

Did you know that you can order most titles at any bookstore just by simply providing them with the information above. If they don’t have it in stock they should be happy to order it in for you.

Book Groups

If you are a book group member, you may be able to get a bulk discount. Why not order them directly from the publisher?
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eRetailers


You can also purchase this title from online retailers worldwide including Amazon

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Publisher: Y Lolfa. Talybont, Ceredigion, Cymru / Wales, SY24 5HE
Telephone: +44 (0)1970 832 304  email: ylolfa@ylolfa.com

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