The Sound of Lonelinessby Craig Wallwork
Manchester in 1991 is a town suffering under the weight of high unemployment and massive government budgetary deficits that is plunging the UK into a recession. To Daniel Crabtree, a struggling writer, it is the backcloth to his first novel, one that will see him become a famous published author. Living off mostly water and flour, Daniel has embraced penury into
Manchester in 1991 is a town suffering under the weight of high unemployment and massive government budgetary deficits that is plunging the UK into a recession. To Daniel Crabtree, a struggling writer, it is the backcloth to his first novel, one that will see him become a famous published author. Living off mostly water and flour, Daniel has embraced penury into his life under the mistaken belief that many young artists have: one needs to suffer for success in art. But Daniel is a terrible writer. In the three years since signing on the dole, of every morning chastising his Irish singing neighbour for waking him from his sleep, and scrounging food from his close friend Henry Soperton, Daniel Crabtree has produced one short story. His heart is bereft of words as much as his pockets are of money.
It is a story of love, and how a poor starving man chasing a dream came to the understanding that amidst the clamour of life, the sound of loneliness is the most deafening of all.
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Craig Wallwork lives in West Yorkshire, England. He is an artist, filmmaker and writer. His short stories have appeared in many publications in the US and the UK. He is the author of the short story collection Quintessence of Dust, and the novels To Die Upon a Kiss and The Sound of Loneliness. Craig is also the fiction editor at Menacing Hedge Magazine.
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To be a great writer, Daniel Crabtree is availing himself of all the depression, isolation, and loneliness that inspired Dostoyevsky, his literary hero, to create his masterpieces. Unfortunately, Daniel has ZERO talent. So all he's got for his trouble is the bitterness and stomach cramps that come from living on water and flour; alcohol; and hatred of everything about the world. Something's gotta give. But the death of an uncle and his association with the 14-year-old girl who cared for him sends him headlong down the path of reality that will either save or destroy him. Obscene, vulgar, gutteral, funny, touching, and moral, Wallwork works magic on a familiar theme with prose that is clipped and stern, yet lyrical in it's realism. Even the smallest of his characters strike the right note of honesty and impress as much as his protagonist does. His distinct voice makes Daniel's story of redemption appealing for the struggling writer as well as the causual reader. After reading The Sound of Loneliness and his collection Quintessence of Dust, I know I need to read more of this vital author. I don't know how autobiographical this work is, but Craig Wallwork is no Daniel Crabtree. Thank God!!!