The Amnesia Clinic

The Amnesia Clinic

by JamesScudamore (Author)

Synopsis

Anti, a quiet English boy living in Quito, Ecuador, strikes up a friendship with flamboyant classmate Fabian, who is everything Anti isn't: handsome, athletic and popular. What's more, he lives with his rakish Uncle Suarez, while Anti is stuck in the dull ex-pat world inhabited by his parents. Suarez, a storyteller par excellence, infects the boys with his passion for outlandish tales, and before long their relationship becomes one conducted entirely through the telling of tales. One subject, however, is taboo: Fabian's parents. But when details surrounding their disappearance begin to emerge, Anti decides to console his friend with a story suggesting that Fabian's mother may be living at a bizarre hospital on the coast for patients with memory loss. With confused emotions and reality losing its tenuous grip, the boys embark on a quixotic voyage across Ecuador in search of an 'Amnesia Clinic' that may, or may not exist. The Amnesia Clinic won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 05 Apr 2007

ISBN 10: 0099494221
ISBN 13: 9780099494225
Book Overview: Rich in South American colour, this cleverly crafted novel deals with storytelling itself - the motivations for spinning a yarn and the consequences of taking a tale too far. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.

Media Reviews
An inventive debut * Herald *
Scudamore has produced a clever, witty and believable debut. A fantastic read -- Caroline Gibb * Scotsman *
A polished debut... Turns the tables on both characters and readers as imagination segues into dangerous reality * Guardian *
Scudamore has fun blurring the edges of truth and fiction, creating fantastic and colourful stories within stories -- Laurence Phelan * Independent on Sunday *
Bewitching...Highly recommended. Scudamore has talent to burn -- Matt Thorne * Sunday Telegraph *
Author Bio
James Scudamore is the author of three novels. The Amnesia Clinic won the 2007 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Heliopolis was longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Wreaking is his most recent book.