Kid Glovesis a highly entertaining book about (among other
things) families, the legal profession, and the vexed question of
Welsh identity. It is necessarily also a book about the writer
himself - and the implausible, long-delayed moment, some years
before, when he told his sexually conservative father about his own
Adam Mars-Jones is the author of three novels, The Waters of Thirst, Pilcrow and Cedilla, and two collections of short stories, Lantern Lecture and Monopolies of Loss. He is also the author of Blind Bitter Happiness, a book of essays, and Noriko Smiling, a book about Ozu's film Late Spring. He lives in London.
He has written the truth as he saw it, and written it with passion, charm - and self-awareness -- Craig Brown Mail on Sunday The book brims with humour and each sentence is a delight to read. It also contains - courtesy of an extended metaphor drawn from Jane Grigson's recipe for cooking salmon in a court-bouillon - one of the best descriptions of sibling rivalry in contemporary literature. Above all, it is a celebration of language, a love shared by father and son alike -- Andrew Wilson Independent There is much that is moving in Mars-Jones's memoir of his father... The writing sings with cleverness and wit -- Claudia FitzHerbert Sunday Telegraph