Nothing_is_Heavy

Nothing Is Heavy

Vicki Jarrett

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A blackly funny romp of a novel which takes place one Saturday night on a busy junction in Edinburgh’s city centre. Beth who works in a chippy, Amber who dances naked round a pole and George in his monkey suit collide by chance and set in motion a train of events that are breathtakingly dramatic, surreal and hilarious. The strength of this truly original novel is that beneath the thrill-a-minute, fast-paced action, Vicki Jarrett deals with serious issues as the unforgettable characters’ life-crushing backgrounds are slowly revealed and the past catches up with the present.

A singularly unpretentious and progressive novel of crime, drama and comedy, dripping with inner city colour.
— Peter Burnett

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About this book

The Deep Sea chippy and the Fantasy Island bar face each other across the neon glow of Junction Street. Beth shovels chips on one side and Amber spins naked around a pole on the other. Their work is mundane and predictable, each night much like any other, until a sudden, dramatic death forces them to choose between relative safety and risk.

Into this situation wanders George, lost and broken-hearted and dressed in a monkey costume.

Nothing is Heavy follows these three characters over the course of one intense Saturday night. Unaware that their lives are already intimately connected by a previous tragedy, their fates collide again with completely unpredictable results.

What ensues is a hilarious, surreal, furiously-paced adventure involving sex, drugs, chips and angels which hovers masterfully between tragedy and farce.

About the author

Vicki Jarrett is most at home writing short stories but her tale of three lives colliding unexpectedly drove her to write her first novel, Nothing is Heavy. She has twins, a boy and a girl, and lives in her beloved Edinburgh.

ISBN: 978-0-9570050-3-7
Published: September 2012

Reviews

“A unique authorial voice and a captivating account of the lives of three unforgettable characters, all of whom have secrets and challenges to face. Totally unpredictable, hilarious in places, unforgettable.”
— Sophie Hannah

“Here be angels and monkeys, falling to earth and living by one’s wits, dark places and beautiful tricks of radiant light. Vicki Jarrett is more than budding talent: this book full of visual delight and moral questions, in a voice entirely Edinburgh and entirely her own, is in mettlesome bloom. Surprise yourself – read it.”
— Janice Galloway

“A fast-paced novel, with moments of clever writing, I’m excited by this debut novel. I put the book down last night with a smile on my face, and I liked that. Not often do I get such a feeling a peace from a novel, and nor did I expect one from a story so bizarre. Realistic and likeable characters, a great setting, a crazy plot; Jarrett has offered a very enjoyable read.”
— Bethany Anderson, Subtle Melodrama
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