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Martin John

Anakana Schofield's novel about a sexually deviant man was shortlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Anakana Schofield

Martin John's mam says that she is glad he is done with it. But is Martin John done with it? He says he wants it to stop, his mother wants it to stop, we all want it to stop. But is it really what Martin John wants? He had it in his mind to do it and he did it. Harm was done when he did it. Harm would continue to be done. Who will stop Martin John? Will you stop him? Should she stop him?

From Anakana Schofield, the brilliant author of the best-selling Malarky, comes a darkly comic novel circuiting through the mind, motivations and preoccupations of a character many women have experienced but few have understood quite so well. The result confirms Schofield as one of the bravest and most innovative authors at work in English today. (From Biblioasis

Martin John was a finalist for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

From the book

There were rumours.
Other rumours.
Other girls.
Other moments.
Same boy.

Martin John is living in England now.
In London.
South London.
Off Tower Bridge Road in an enclave of tiny houses, on a slit of a street, at number 7 Cluny Place.

Once, early on, in London, Martin John was vague about the time he went to sleep. Mam told him straight: get a job at night.
Get a job at night or else I'll come for ya.


From Martin John by Anakana Schofield ©2015. Published by Biblioasis.

Interviews

The Giller Prize finalist talks about her latest novel, which puts readers inside the head of a sexual deviant. 16:31

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The five Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists - André Alexis, Samuel Archibald, Rachel Cusk, Heather O’Neill and Anakana Schofield - read the first line of their nominated book and tell CBC Arts why they chose that sentence as their all-important opener. 3:37