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The Isle of Dogs

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

The Isle of Dogs

Daniel Davies

eBook (ePUB/MOBI)?
9781847654830 (9 Dec 2010)

About the book

Anytown, England. Jeremy Shepherd has reached post-ambition, giving up the trappings of his London life (flash job, flash cars, even flashier girlfriends) to move back to his home town and his parents' house. By day, he is a low-level civil servant, chained to his desk and content to idle away the hours filing and answering emails. There isn't a lot to do in a small town, but the English are very resourceful and Jeremy quickly finds a hobby that delivers lots of fresh air and exercise. By night, he prowls local car parks to indulge in altogether more challenging pursuits - anonymous sex with strangers. This is no ordinary hobby - each encounter is tinged with a definite air of danger, as police stake out each site and the cloak of anonymity brings its own risks.

As the scene's night-time liaisons increasingly threaten the sensibilities of the local Daily Mail readers, things take a turn for the worse. Locals take a dislike to the illicit rendezvous and as the police step up surveillance, private pursuits risk becoming very public.

About the author

Daniel Davies was born near Birmingham in 1973 to a Welsh father and a Polish-German mother. He was educated at comprehensive schools, and the universities of Cambridge and East Anglia. He has lived in Prague, Sydney and Barcelona, and is currently based in London. His novel, The Isle of Dogs, was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award and translated into several languages.


A cool, dark, sexy nightdrive of a novel. Daniel Davies writes with the detachment and insight of a new JG Ballard.

- Toby Litt

A crisp page-turner... a tale of sex in the surveillance society that picks up the challenge of Michel Houellebecq's novels.

- Nicholas Blincoe

Davies manages to make you see things through The Shep's eyes. As Alex in A Clockwork Orange sought meaning in violence, The Shep seeks it in public sex... when he meets his inevitable end, you feel a sharp sense of loss, which tells you something about the skill of this author

- William Leith, Guardian

Davies writes lean prose. He keeps up the suspense while infusing his portrait of a celebrity-obsessed nation with laconic wit

- Adrian Turpin, Financial Times

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction