Huckleberry Finn meets Candide, but with added window cleaning - Glass is a charming,
off-beat comedy about a young man finding his way in the modern world.
Meet Gunter Glass: ex-milkman and aspiring window-cleaner, struggling to find his way in the modern world.
Ever since a childhood visit to a glass-blower's workshop, Gunter has had an unusual fixation with glass. When a minor adventure up the spire of Salisbury cathedral turns hiim into a local celebrity - and gives him a taste for extreme heights - Gunter is called to his dream job: cleaning Europe's tallest skyscraper, London's shard.
Enchantingly unprepared for the bright lights of the city - and philosophically under-equipped for sharing a flat with an eccentric German intellectual called the Steppehnwolf - Gunter must navigate his own way through life, armed only with his monther's homespun wisdom and knowledge gleaned from haphazard wanderings through Wikipedia. But will his innocence put him on a collisioncourse with the baffling modern world?
Glass is a novel about learning to wise up to the world around you. Charming, funny and slyly clever, it establishes Alex Christofi as one of Britain's most exciting new writers.
UK Publisher: Serpent's Tail (12th Feb 2015)
US rights: JPLA
Translation rights: Serpent's Tail
Glass was long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize (best debut novel, 2015), won the Betty Trask Award (2016), and featured among10 new fiction books deemed best of the sesason by the Independent (Spring 2015).
Joanne Harris, who judge the prize alongside radion presenter and crme writer Simon Brett OBE and novelist Michele Roberts, called it "pitch-perfect writing" with "well-drawn and believable characters". She added, "The narrative skates a narrow path between light and shade, laughter and tears with confidence and authority".
"Gunter Glass, with his flaws and limitations, and his believe in the better part of human nature, is a great pleasure to spend time with".
Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English
"Glass is a brilliant novel'.
Simon van Booy
"Christofi's writing really does gleam with wit, inventiveness and an offbeat charm".
"A promising debut from an intriguing new voice."
We Love This Book
"Christofi’s debut novel is both charming and funny, and not a little affecting, too".
"Entertaining and affecting".
"First-time novelists tend to aim high and Glass, Alex Christofi’s debut, is no exception...Christofi delivers a multi-layered story that follows one man’s refracted path through life’s prism".
The Financial Times
"This is a rare novel, headed up by a sweetly picaresque idiot but rollicking nonetheless".
"Christofi is a writer to watch. Witty and incredibly inventive".
"A tale that’s as funny as it is touching. A talent to keep an eye on".