Lost cat: SANDMAN (SANDY for short) – missing from Lloyd Park area since March but still holding out loads of hope. Ginger 7-year-old tom, long haired, white back socks, yellow eyes. Very vocal. REWARD. Call me on...
Marnie’s schizophrenic father has gone missing, again. But this is the longest he’s ever been gone and the pressure of the unknown weighs heavily upon Marnie’s mind. Her younger sister Jess’s response is to spend her days sitting on the sofa obsessively plucking out her eyelashes one by one; on top of that something ominous appears to have scared away all the neighbourhood cats, including Marnie’s loyal tom, Mr Knuckles, and Marnie herself, a copywriter, is plagued by insomnia and literally at a loss for words.
In the midst of the disorder, and of all the aid that could arrive, it is Jericho who returns to Marnie’s doorstep. Is he the playful imaginary companion of her childhood or the misanthropic, possibly homicidal, but undeniably real manifestation of her despair? Whatever he is, Jericho is angry. He doesn’t want to be here but in order to be free of the ties that bind him to Marnie, he has to find out what is wrong with her and fix it before irreparable damage is done.
An utterly original and hugely imaginative debut, ADVICE FOR STRAYS is a novel about love, loss and a very unusual friendship.
Justine Kilkerr is in her thirties and was brought up in South London. She studied English Literature with African & Asian Studies at the University of Sussex and then took the two-year Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. She has lived in Brighton ever since and is currently working on her second novel.