This critically acclaimed debut novel offers “an original and bleakly funny portrait of grief” in the singular mind and solitary life of its protagonist (The Economist).
 
Shortlisted for The McKitterick Prize and The Author’s Club Best First Novel Award

Cranky and reclusive, ageing and widowed, Dr. James Darke has expelled himself from the world. He writes compulsively in his ‘coming of old age’ journal; he eats little, drinks and smokes a lot; he tries to console himself with the wisdom of the great thinkers and poets, yet finds nothing but disappointment. And yet, cracks of light start to appear in his carefully managed darkness: the tender, bruised filaments of love for his daughter and grandson.

With scalding prose, ruthless intelligence and an unforgettably vivid protagonist, Darke confronts some of humanity’s greatest and most uncomfortable questions about how we choose to live, and to die.

“A supreme example of a natural and skilled storyteller.”—Colm Toibin

“Surprising…with a warmth that is genuinely and unexpectedly moving.”—The Guardian, UK    

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A wondrous book with two fathers, Kingsley Amis and Dante." - Sebastian Barry

"Staggeringly accomplished. Heartbreakingly true. A shockingly monumental first novel." - John Niven

"I was beguiled and charmed by the vivid personality being revealed. By that, and by the fact that I couldn't stop reading. Gekoski puts words together with a sure touch and deep craftsmanship." - Philip Pullman

"A supreme example of a natural and skilled storyteller." - Colm Tóibín


Used availability for Rick Gekoski's Darke

Hardback Editions

November 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Darke
Author(s): Rick Gekoski
ISBN: 1-78689-228-6 / 978-1-78689-228-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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February 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Darke
Author(s): Rick Gekoski
ISBN: 1-78211-936-1 / 978-1-78211-936-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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October 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Darke
Author(s): Rick Gekoski
ISBN: 1-78541-439-9 / 978-1-78541-439-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
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Paperback Editions

February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Darke
Author(s): Rick Gekoski
ISBN: 1-78211-939-6 / 978-1-78211-939-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Darke
Author(s): Rick Gekoski
ISBN: 1-78541-445-3 / 978-1-78541-445-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
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Kindle Editions

February 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Darke
Author(s): Rick Gekoski
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU