The funny novel that introduced Mister Pushkin to the world.
Set at a time when Mister Pushkin was less cultured, Klem was much younger, and both their lives were very different.
The 1960s were just getting into their swing - miniskirts were all the rage, The Beatles topped the charts, and housewives were no longer chained to the kitchen sink. Freedom was in the air, and life was becoming a thing to enjoy. But between the sturdy sandstone walls of a terraced house in Yorkshire, popular music was forbidden and discipline was strictly enforced. This was no ordinary household, and it was only a matter of time before everything changed in a most unexpected way...
The Dancing Barber is a humorous thriller, set within the eccentric household of Taras, who was once Europe's finest ballet dancer. Now he is a mediocre barber by day, and a perfectionist ballet master by night. After a successful performance of Swan Lake at the local theatre, he is finally on the verge of the success that was denied him three decades earlier. The last thing he needed was for Klem to move into his attic. Klem is a former priest and a former alcoholic. And wherever Klem goes, his mischievous cat always follows, and so does a great deal of trouble in the shape of a crazy Soviet Colonel...
Taras' life is further complicated when Klem's uncouth and penniless fiancée moves in, along with her equally uncouth and penniless twin sister. The twins reluctantly divulge shocking secrets that will affect Taras' entire family forever.
The Dancing Barber has been awarded a five-star seal by readersfavorite.com
A selection of official reviewers' quotations:
“This tapestry of characters, secrets, relationships and hardships is peppered with humour that undercuts some truly terrifying moments.”
“Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, always entertaining.”
“This book is finely crafted and the story spills onto the page in just a perfect way.”
“The plot is intense, fast-paced and, at every stage of the story, the readers' interest only gets stronger.”
“AC Michael is a good storyteller with a sharp sense of humour.”
“The Dancing Barber is not to be missed!”
Be warned: The habits and hygiene of certain characters are not for the squeamish.
|Publisher:||Contented Cat Publishing|
|Edition description:||3rd ed.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)|
About the Author
His first novel, The Dancing Barber, achieved some critical success, and was a No.1 historical fiction title on Amazon. The experience encouraged him to continue writing.
A keen gardener and hill-walker, he divides his time between managing a small business, doing housework, reading a wide range of books, and writing stories about Mister Pushkin.
Table of Contents
Act 1 - Good Friday - p.1
Act 2 - Easter Saturday - p.37
Act 3 - Easter Sunday - p.67
Interlude - The Feast of Our Lady - p.188
Act 4 - Easter Monday - p.199
Act 5 - The Sunday of St Thomas - p.303 Act
6 - A Normal Day - p.325
Encore - A few days later... - p.460