Bliss...or is it? Life is peachy for 20-something Daniel Barker, who lives with his offbeat group of friends in a small flat in Bristol. From the eccentric Franz to the dominatrix Polly and the psychotic Shane, they all bring color and excitement to his life. Together they are family, inseparable. But as space reaches a premium and tensions begin to rise, Dan's whole world threatens to implode around him. The real nightmare is about to begin....
Veering from brutal to comic via tragedy, disaster, and love, Head of Words is the story of one man's path to understanding upon a roller coaster of life that threatens to both destroy him and set him free.
Chris Ward is the acclaimed author of the Tube Riders Trilogy and The Man Who Built the World. Visit Chris' author page for information on more great titles, or find Chris on Facebook at Chris Ward (Fiction Writer).
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A Great Listen
The dog it was that died.
Daniel was pretty happy sharing his one bedroom flat in Bristol with a large group of people, his collected 'family', and a dog. But it was getting pretty crowded and only one ever helped with the rent. Then things started to go wrong ...
Told entirely from Daniel's perspective, this is an intriguing story, told in an engaging way, easy to read with characters sharply drawn. The initial section introduces each of the various freeloaders living in Daniel's flat, their faults and attributes and relationships with each other. It is a glorious progression. Then something occurs which seperates him from his friends and the tone becomes far darker.
Narrator Tim Bick gives an excellent portrayal of the young man, at times disgusted, frustrated, and sometimes in fear but always glad to have the comfort of his friendships around him. His, at times, slightly sardonic tones are well placed and Bick's portrayal of him is very true to life despite Daniel's overcrowded lifestyle. Very natural, too, as he visits places in Bristol.
Well written and read, this is a book to enjoy. Not action packed, though the pace does pick up in the latter stages, it is nevertheless filled with interest and speculation. This is the first of Chris Ward's books that I have read and it will certainly not be my last. Recommended.
- Norma Miles