Minotaur in Love
By Fraser Harrison
Fraser Harrison is a British writer with a long-standing interest in South Dakota, its history and culture, which dates from his first visit to the state in 1992. His most recent books are Infinite West: Travels in South Dakota, published in 2012 by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, and ‘Yankton, Portrait of A River City’, published as a special issue of the South Dakota History journal in 2014. This essay was the winner of the Herbert S. Schell Award.
He has published nine other books and has written for many national newspapers and magazines in the UK, including the travel section of The Sunday Times, to which he was a regular contributor in the 1990’s.
In March 2014 he was awarded an Arts Council grant for a project bearing the title Searching for Fado in Thetford, and he is currently gathering material with a view to writing a book about Thetford in Norfolk.
After turning 70 he decided to return once again to South Dakota during February and March 2015, in order to experience winter on the Great Plains, and to think about winter as a metaphor for old age and death. The result is a new book called Old Winter’s Song.
'Fraser Harrison is an elegant writer who is a pleasure to read and this novel is engrossing and quirky both in its sad humour and the questions that Bruno poses but fails to answer' - Harriet Waugh, The Spectator
Bruno is fighting to escape the loveless labyrinth in which his childhood has imprisoned him. Short and stout, he thinks he can only love his ever-expanding library and collection of jazz records. When at last he falls for a mysterious and statuesque woman he struggles to reconcile his passion for her with his fear that her superb height will make him all the more laughable.
In a series of notebooks Bruno takes us from the Liverpool of his childhood to the bars and brothels of 1970s Soho, Norfolk's sal marshes and finally raffish Biaritz. Funny and tragic, Minotaur in Love is the story of the mazes people build to hide their secret selves from the world.
Fraser Harrison is the author of several books,including High on the Hog and A Father's Diary, and two radio plays.
Praise for Fraser Harrison's first novel, High on the Hog:
'Undoubtedly the best first novel of the year ... very funny.' - Spectator
'The best first novel I've read for ages.' - The Guardian
'A subtle and often moving black comedy' - The Times
Additional Information :
Published 2007 (Flambard Press) - rights reverted back to author
ISBN: 9781873226896 - 240 pages - Paperback
World Rights Available (incl. USA)