David Jays

Falling Off the Edge

This Is How

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In M J Hyland’s third novel, we shadow the troubled psyche of Patrick Oxtoby. It isn’t a good place to be. Agitation and a pervasive resentment continually burst through, provoked by nothing more startling than a fly buzzing past the telly: ‘They take up so much of everything, they take the air out of the room, with their noise and the beating of their fat bodies all over the walls and sucking on your skin.’ Other people find Patrick too contained and watchful, too reserved or timid, but we see and feel with him. It isn’t a comfortable feeling.

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