The Terrible Event

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From the winner of the Russell Prize for Humour Writing.

David Cohen's most wryly humorous and disturbing work of fiction yet. A public memorial's name is changed to avoid any mention of the tragedy it has been set up to commemorate. Two attention-seeking activists campaign against exclusionary policies adopted by the gift shop at a suburban shopping mall. A customer service representative becomes obsessed with a colleague who has worked from home for so long, nobody in the company remembers her. A middle-aged father loses his marriage and falls in love again with a cherished but damaged childhood toy. An academic's research into roadside memorials takes a peculiar turn.

David Cohen's sometimes bizarre yet pitch-perfect stories capture everyday horrors but are always shot through with a profound empathy and generosity.

The Terrible Event delivers not just one terrible event, but many events of varying degrees of terrible-ness. Death, destruction, disappearance, decline, defeat - it has something for everyone.

'Wildly inventive. Deeply unsettling. Delightfully strange. The Terrible Event is Cohen's best, most hilarious book yet. I absolutely loved it.' Bram Presser, The Book of Dirt