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Big issues are a hoot through a bizarrely satisfying voice

Manual. By Daren King, Faber & Faber, €13.95

7th June, 2008

Manual. By Daren King, Faber & Faber, €13.95

The big themes - sex, morality and materialism - are all writ large in British author Daren King’s fourth novel, which delights in the bizarre foibles of human sexuality, desire and fallibility.

Through spare, deceptively simple prose, the narrative tells of Michael and Patsy, who are in the business of fetishes. Patsy carries a knitted owl in a purple holdall with her wherever she goes,...

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