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Imperfect Solo

Meyer is filled with dread. His fading musical aspirations, his tyrannical CEO, his ex-wives, his exiting girlfriend, his ageing father, his beloved and troublesome children and his confused and bewildered life all bear witness to the sky that he is convinced will soon fall on his head.And then it does...This is the story of a man adrift in anxiety, ill-fortune and comic mishap, buffeted by the both existential and prosaic concerns that modern life in Los Angeles inflicts. Forty years old, caught in the netherworld between the reckless optimism of youth and the resignation of age, Meyer tries to find handrails and ballast. Funny, intellectually probing and poignant, the story follows the flailing and hapless Meyer seeking hope and redemption as his world unravels around him.
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This is the first publication of South African big-hitter, Steven Soykey Sidley in the UK. Overseas reviews have been terrific and we expect a similar response in the UK. Katherine Stroud of PR Collective is undertaking a major UK promotional campaign in conjunction with publishers Blue Mark Books.

About the Author

Award-winning and multi-shortlisted novelist Steven Boykey Sidley was once a software engineer and can often be seen playing saxophone in bands around town. He lived most of his adult life in the Hollywood depicted in this book. He currently lives in Johannesburg with his wife, Kate, and their two children. His first novel, Entanglement won the UJ Debut Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and MNet Literary Award in South Africa. His second novel, Stepping Out was shortlisted for the UJ Main Fiction Award.Imperfect Solo is his third novel. So far it has been longlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize in South Africa and selected for Le Grand Livre du Mois, France's most prestigious national literary book club.


"A chiselled novel you won't put down." - MARIE CLAIRE. "If you like Philip Roth you will like Steven Boykey Sidley. This book is a real success." - ELLE. "Big hearted, whip smart and his best yet, Imperfect Solo invites us to celebrate the coinage of an adjective: Sidley-esque." - RICHARD POPLAK, DAILY MAVERICK. "Imperfect Solo is a near perfect commercial novel. Not only does it entertain, but it provokes, intrigues and captures the good, the bad and the ugly so vicariously that it reads effortlessly." - SIYABONGA SITHOLE, CITY PRESS. "Sidley plays with parody, engaging his reader at a deep level, while frequently causing gales of laughter even amidst the saddest moments." - JENNIFER CROCKER, CAPE TIMES. "A hilarious novel... It signs the coming on the literary scene of a new troublemaker. Smashing!" - MADAME FIGARO. "With a subjectivity similar to that of the paranoiac in Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, Steven Boykey Sidley carries us into his hero's imaginary and real tribulations. A little jewel of Jewish depressive humour." - LIVRES HEBDO. "Unlikely as it may seem, the southern tip of Africa has given rise to a male narrative voice, the precise timbre of which has not been heard since Portnoy. This is not to say that Sidley's books are derivative. They aren't. They are an original product of the 21st century and as such ring with authenticity." - FIONA SNYKERS, THE TIMES. "Reading a Boykey Sidley novel is to experience vicariously a life lived to the full, with all of the excitement, tension, mishaps and intellectual stimulation one wishes for but rarely gets. Sidley has the knack of expressing ideas most of us merely fumble at - and he does so acutely, fascinatingly, viscerally. Full of unflagging energy, verve and surprise, Imperfect Solo is a rare aesthetic delight." - CRAIG MACKENZIE, professor of English, University of Johannesburg and UJ Award judge

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