Just a reminder that the launch of THE SYLLABUS OF ERRORS is this Thursday, 21st February, 7.30 at The Bicycle Shop, St Benedicts, Norwich. Readings, Q+A and signing. Would love to see you there.
In a sequence of overlapping short stories, a cast of loners and romantics explore how our anxious present is mirrored in the uncertainties of the inter-war period with its crashes and crises. Ultimately it conveys a coded warning from history about what can come to fill the void when universally accepted notions of democracy and liberal capitalism are being questioned – just as they are now.
Ashley Stokes’ restless and rootless characters dream of idealised cities or moments in the historical or personal past which they feel could offer them escape. Historically – Sally
Bowles and Fritz Lang’s “M” join hands in Weimar Berlin, a faceless soldier wanders through a war-torn city looking for his lost love, an artist high on modernism gets caught up
in a political assassination in Fascist Italy. Personally – they dream of capturing that unfulfilled promise, that missed perfect kiss, that unresolved moment, that thing that
should have lived. The stories accumulate until their origins are revealed in the notebook jottings of one
harassed teenage boy growing up in a fantasy of the Third Reich in Surrey.