“These are not literary productions, these are yarns. Told in a conversational, buttonholing style, they tend to start with some outrageous hook: "During childhood, one of my best friends was a stone"; "A friend of mine dated Death"; "Met God's ex-wife once"; "The Devil is offering holidays in Hell"; "I knew a bloke who ate his children". That's not so hard to do, but what's remarkable is that the rest of the yarn is never an anti-climax. Burrett's imagination just keeps spinning and spinning, so that the end of the tale is usually even weirder than the beginning. Burrett's imagination is as fertile as that of Jorge Luis Borges's, and he's more readable, and funnier. These tales are as moreish as pistachio nuts, and much more substantial.” – The Independent on Sunday (British national newspaper).
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About the Author
Alex Burrett grew up in South Wales near Wordsworth’s Tintern Abbey. He’s been writing creative material since single figures. (Saying that, don’t most of us write creative material when we’re in single figures?) Work and leisure have taken him around a fair bit of Britain and Western Europe, over to the US a handful of times – with a couple of trips to the Eastern Mediterranean thrown in for good measure. In that time he’s scaled and fallen off cliff faces, played and got scared in fresh and salt water, loved, hated, got confused, inebriated, depressed and had moments of extraordinarily blinding clarity. His proudest boast is to be married to a magnificent woman and have four fantastic children. 'The Titans' is his first novel. Written in 1991, Alex published it as an ebook in 2013. 'My Goat Ate Its Own Legs' is a collection of short stories. It was published in the UK in 2008, US in 2009 and [hopefully] will appear in translation in France in 2014. 'Fedw' is a collection of poems scrawled in blood and tears in a tatty notebook over 25 years. It is now available as an ebook. 'A damaged boy' is his second collection of short fiction. It contains two novellas: 'Liftless' and 'The Great Unloved'. 'Outstared by a Bullfrog' is Alex Burrett's second novel. It's trippy. And edgy. Please post a review of any of Alex's work. Good or bad – he would love to know what you think.