When Robert decides to impress at a job interview by making up a son, he discovers that maintaining the lie is far harder than he thought – so he invents a story that ‘Brodie’ has been kidnapped. After all, it’s not like they’re going to find the fake boy.
But a few weeks later, Robert receives a call to collect his nonexistent son from the police station, a boy who looks exactly like the picture he photoshopped…
‘This is a remarkable debut, written with great warmth and wit. By turns devastating and hilarious, Lynda Clark’s Beyond Kidding had me from the very start, and it didn’t let me go.’ — Sarah Jackson, author of Pelt and winner of the Seamus Heaney Prize 2013
‘A dark and quirky debut – funny, sad, thought-provoking and unexpected.’ — Emma D’Costa, Commonwealth Writers
‘I loved absolutely every moment of this book.’ — Liz, Bookseller at Indigo – Prospero Books
‘Unique, bizarre, hilarious, poignant and a surprisingly good read! This one stands on its own within a genre that could be more than sci-fi. Everything comes together to become this quite wonderful story.’ — Gary Sharp, Bookseller at The Book Lover Cafe