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The Book

"Writing actually as love! Marcus Slease's crinkling, crackling prose is full of sparks, full of troubles, full of wonder. Never Mind the Beasts radiates with the force, brevity and immediacy of stylists like Mary Robison, Rikki Ducornet and Diane Williams. "The demand to love," wrote Roland Barthes at the beginning of Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes; "overflows, leaks, skids, shifts, slips." "Writing to touch with letters, with lips, with breath," wrote Hélène Cixous in Coming to Writing. These are the thrilling, vibratory spaces, movements and possibilities Slease's writing opens up."
-Colin Herd, author of You Name It

"Say Lydia Davis and Donald Barthelme had a son, and his life story was painted by Basquiat, and the paintings were ground up into a spice, then used to flavour a crazy-hot dish you just can't stop eating while the scenery shifts around you: that taste might be something like Never Mind the Beasts."
-Ruby Cowling, author of This Paradise

“Robust pro aktiv quixotik goes evreewher is from evreewher nouns ar verbs verbs ar yu a nu way uv intraktivitee langwage th narrativ rocks takes yu evreewher thers no conclewsyun its in th going, wundrful a great xperiens ths book.”
—bill bissett, author of Breth

Never Mind The Beasts is Marcus Slease's second book for Dostoyevsky Wannabe and his debut novel. Beginning in Portadown, Northern Ireland during the Troubles, the book details the author's move with his family, as a small boy, first to Milton Keynes and then to Las Vegas before documenting his further solo travels trying to survive on the meagre pickings of a writer whilst teaching English as a second language in everywhere from South Korea, Poland to Turkey and, latterly, Spain (Madrid and Barcelona).

The Author

Marcus Slease is a writer from Portadown, N. Ireland. He is the author of The Spirit of the Bathtub, Play Yr Kardz Right, Rides, Mu (dream) So (Window), and Godzenie, among others. His album, 'Never Mind the Beasts', in collaboration with UK musician Stephen Emmerson, is available on Bandcamp. His poetry has been translated into Danish and Polish, featured in the Best British Poetry series, and he has performed his work at various festivals and events in Prague, Madrid, London, Bristol, Manchester, North Carolina, and Ireland. He has made his home in such places as Turkey, Poland, Italy, South Korea, the United States, Spain, and the United Kingdom – experiences that inform his nomadic surrealist writing. Currently, he lives in Castelldefels, Spain and teaches high school literature in Barcelona. 

Pages: 178
Dimensions: B Format
ISBN: 978-1838015602
Cat No: DW-001-96
Imprint: Dostoyevsky Wannabe Originals
Publishing Model: Tailored