Jonathan Tulloch: Larkinland

Jonathan Tulloch: Larkinland

Larkinland: world of bicycle clips, trolley buses, despair in rented rooms, and the 'almost love affair’. Tulloch deftly builds Larkin's poems into a sustained landscape, peopled by his characters and a version of Larkin himself – Arthur Merryweather, librarian, poet and would be great romantic. In 1950s Hull, Merryweather falls in love with fellow librarian Niamh O'Leary. Just as their love blooms the mystery of Mr Bleaney, enigmatic insurance salesman who rented his room before him, threatens to cast him into the criminal hinterland of Hull. Hilarious and deeply moving, it is a compelling love story, mystery and biographical novel. A pitch-perfect take on Larkin's world, Tulloch adds his own moving misadventures, revealing loneliness, fears, lusts and hope we all must face.

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Seren is a prizewinning publisher of fiction, poetry, memoir, biography, cultural and current affairs titles, including the Seren Discoveries translation series. In 2016 our focus on introducing new v...Seren is a prizewinning publisher of fiction, poetry, memoir, biography, cultural and current affairs titles, including the Seren Discoveries translation series. In 2016 our focus on introducing new voices, reintroducing classic titles and publishing quality writing included Robert Graves' 'War Poems', Caroline Smith's timely 'The Immigration Handbook' and 'The Other Tiger' a major bilingual anthology of poetry from Latin America. 2017 brings the anthology 'Writing Motherhood'; 'Waterfalls of Stars', Roseanne Alexander's island castaway memoir; 'Larkinland' a novel by Justin Tulloch; and broadcaster Ian McMillan joining the Real Series.More

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