Flirting at the Funeral

by Chris Keil

At the pool-side, the evening breeze is fragrant with the scent of grilled lobster and designer sun-block. Two German girls in starched white uniforms, buttoned up as tight as barbie dolls, are serving champagne to the guests. Dave Leaper sips his drink and dreams of death and vengeance.

At a clinic in Southern Europe a group of young film-makers are recreating the songs, the slogans and the idealism of the years of revolution, while an old man, mummified by wealth and power, watches them and pays the bills. He pays and pays, missing nothing. Flirting at the Funeral is a story about love, money, and lost opportunities, ranging across Europe against a background of financial crisis, terrorism and the power of the super-rich.

A sophisticated, deeply mature work, shot through with oodles of lovely writing and shored up by many insights and ideas. There were so many sentences I read with genuine envy, or respect, or simple out-and-out delight, and so many brilliant images. Real, abundant gifts as a writer - this is urbane, serious, but also seriously entertaining writing.

Flirting at the Funeral is a philosophical novel in the best sense, beautifully written, as if
G.M. Hopkins had turned to prose and lived to see the modern age… a very good novel -
the product of a formidable and original mind.

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Name: Flirting at the Funeral
Author: Chris Keil
Publisher: Cillian Press
Pub Date: Sep 2012

ISBNs:
PBack: 978-0-9573155-0-1
eBook: 978-0-9573155-1-8
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About the Author:

Chris Keil has worked as a sheep-farmer, as a journalist, and as a tour guide in a number of European cities. In academic life he has published and lectured widely on traumatic memory and representations of the Holocaust. He has held literary residencies, workshops and masterclasses in Europe and the United States. He is the author of two acclaimed novels: The French Thing (Carreg Gwalch, 2002) and Liminal (Alcemi, 2007).

His third novel, Flirting at the Funeral, published by Cillian Press is now available.

Author's Website: http://www.chriskeil.eu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisKeilAuthor

 Other Books from this Author

The French Thing

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Publisher: Gwasg Carreg Gwalch; 1 Mar 2002
ISBN-10: 0863817688
ISBN-13: 978-0863817687

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Liminal

Cover Image of Liminal by Chris Keil

Publisher: Alcemi; 25 July 2007
ISBN-10: 095552721X
ISBN-13: 978-0955527210

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Name: Flirting at the Funeral
Author: Chris Keil
Publisher: Cillian Press
Pub Date: 09/2012

ISBNs:
PBack: 978-0-9573155-0-1
eBook: 978-0-9573155-1-8

PB RRP: £9.99

Now available online and at selected bookstores

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