Sarah Hall, photo credit: Richard Thwaites  



On the windswept front of Morecambe Bay, Cy Parks spends his childhood years first in a guest house for consumptives run by his mother and then as apprentice to alcoholic tattoo-artist Eliot Riley. Thirsty for new experiences, he departs for America and finds himself in the riotous world of the Coney Island boardwalk, where he sets up his own business as 'The Electric Michelangelo'. In this carnival environment of roller-coasters and freak-shows, Cy becomes enamoured with Grace, a mysterious immigrant and circus performer who commissions him to cover her entire body in tattooed eyes.

Hugely atmospheric, exotic and familiar, The Electric Michelangelo is a love story and an exquisitely rendered portrait of seaside resorts on opposite sides of the Atlantic by one of the most uniquely talented novelists of her generation.

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Electric Michelangelo
Sarah Hall

'The torrential Lawrentian flow of her prose offers many heady pleasures' - The Times

'A vivid depiction of changing seaside culture on both sides of the Atlantic, and a smart study of a subtle but desreputable art.' - The Independant

'Her gorgeously embellished prose compels the narrative, along with the beguiling vignettes she conjures up . . . the effect is intoxicating' - The Financial Times

'Sarah Hallís second novel, is richly descriptive, an evocative exploration of misfits and exiles searching for a home.' - The Lady

'Confirms her status as one of the most significant and exciting of our younger novelists ... The Electric Michelangelo is a work of unusual imaginative power and range, and it deserves a wide readership.' - The Guardian

'Hall is a writer to indulge, and her sensuous, poetic prose is every bit as evocative as sand poured from a pocket at the end of a holiday.' - Daily Mail

'Hallís sensuous and brilliant imagery does not disappoint. The Electric Michelangelo is almost fantastic, in every sense of the word.' - INK Magazine

'Sarah Hallís second book reads with all the colour, guts and flair of the 19th century tale - spinner as it follows the story of Cy Parks from his beginnings in Morecambe Bay to adventures on Coney Island' - The List

'Hall conveys an arresting, colourful and complex world. Her characters, the protagonist in particular, are lovingly illustrated, even the most miniscule of nuances fanatically thought through and delivered. To be likened to Angela Carter is high praise indeed and, like Carter, Hallís flair for the original is utterly engaging' - Jack

'Hallís uniquely lyrical voice first came to prominence with the Hardy-esque Haweswater, and its successor too is an auditory delight. Sentences are threaded with internal rhyme, textured by syntactic inversions, and one can hear at times a distinct metre Ė the authorsís own rhythmic tattoo Ė beating beneath her prose. The Electric Michelangelo is a pleasure to read.' - Zembla

'The 20th century whirls past like a carousel in this rollicking novel of fairground life, where eroticism and brutality pulse from every booth ... A dazzlingly atmospheric and imaginative read.' - Eve

'Twisted and tantalising, this is beatifully written and a worthy successor' - Ham and High

'The writing is so polished that it is hard to believe the author is only 30.' - Sunday Telegraph

'Wildly imagined and richly written. Prose as highly-coloured as Hallís has to be savoured' - Independent

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