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In a deeply compelling debut novel, Lee Rourke, the underground literary sensation and author of Everyday, tells the tale of a man who finds his life so boring it actually frightens him. So, in response, the man leaves his job and takes time out to sit on a park bench next to a canal in a quiet corner of London. But his tranquillity is disturbed by a jittery woman who comes to sit by his side every day. Although she won't even tell him her name, she slowly begins to tell him a chilling story about a terrible act she committed and now the man finds himself more scared than ever. ''''Boredom is powerful...[it] should be embraced.'' That sentiment which drives Lee Rourke's thoughtful, occasionally disturbing and curiously affecting debut novel. While unreservedly a novel of discourse and digression, The Canal also understands that tension and intrigue are just as important as literary devices. It's this careful balance that makes for a refreshing, memorable and powerful novel and one that confirms Rourke as a writer of exceptional promise.'' Stuart Evers, The Independent ''For a book about urban ennui it's a hell of a page-turner.'' GQ ''A story assembled from everyday objects, unassumingly and quietly, that stuns and horrifies by increments...The Canal may look, at first glance, like a love story, but it harnesses the power of parable.'' - John Wray, author of Lowboy, Canaan's Tongue and The Right Hand of Sleep ''Soon after reading the first page, I found myself easing into The Canal, getting caught up in the clear prose and some of the best dialog I've read in years. A wonderful book that is partially about trying to escape boredom, becomes a meditation on life and what is meaningful and meaningless and how those things can be frighteningly both. I'm glad I read this book. I feel like I know Lee Rourke now and I'm grateful for that.'' - Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes, A Cake Appeared and The Failure Six ''Lee Rourke is killing the competition right now - The Canal is further evidence of his incredible skills as a writer, a classic in the making. - Tony O Neill, author of Digging the Vein, Down and Out on Murder Mile and Sick City. ''The Canal is a stunning debut; Ballard-esque in its scope. The East London novel that was waiting to be written.'' Niven Govinden, author of Graffiti My Soul and We Are the New Romantics. ''This could be the Bartleby the Scrivener of the 21st century. A semi detached man decides to do nothing but sit by the side of a polluted canal, cultivating the art of boredom. He is joined by a woman and in their confessional discussions, emotional contact, the natural world, and urban development are drolly skewered. Bitter but brilliant.'' Ronald Koltnow, Random House. ''It knows where it s heading and works its way there with a spare kind of poise which complements the bleak subject matter... At the structural level The Canal is extremely satisfying. Ideas develop seamlessly and fluidly. It knows where it s heading and works its way there with a spare kind of poise which complements the bleak subject matter. Rourke s use of language is deft and skilful.'' - Bookmunch

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