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The Auctioneer

The Auctioneer

(1999)
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Finn Causley is the auctioneer. The owner of an auction house in a Victorian silk mill, Finn tells his story through the objects others have left behind: a Staffordshire figure in a bonnet, slightly chipped; a faded friendship band; a white pill bottle with an easy-grip screw cap. The lots trigger a flood of mis-remembered conversations, childhood ghosts and memories: memories of Margaret, his mother, who died in a car crash with someone else's watch in her pocket and a whiff of adultery in the air; of Hen, his wife, who suffers from St. Mary's Disease, a form of dementia that erases her memory whilst giving her a masked smile. and then there's Anna, who stole his heart when she appeared in a Kandinsky dress by a pool at midnight.The Auctioneer is about the sort of history "made by cheap useful objects; what's dusty on your sideboard, what's sticky at the back of your drawer."; An intricate, well-paced history that is as much about the things that happen off-camera as on. Told in several voices, this first novel circles around Finn's grief and confusion as he becomes increasingly obsessed with his past. Complex, multi-layered and assured, The Auctioneer explores the relationships between love, deceit and the junk that clutters our lives.--Jane Honey

 
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Paperback Editions

April 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Auctioneer
Author(s): Charles Fernyhough
ISBN: 1-85702-983-6 / 978-1-85702-983-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

April 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: The Auctioneer
Author(s): Charles Fernyhough
ISBN: 1-85702-982-8 / 978-1-85702-982-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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