Who is that man peering through an iron telescope outside Alexandra Palace? Ray Davies? Matthew Arnold? Graham Greene? Graham Bartlett travels to his mystery assignations with teenagers, and for a few quid improves their GCSE homework. What led him to this lonely, peripatetic existence? Years earlier he had lived in various other guises, half-remembered as he criss-crosses swathes of suburban north London. Murders are committed. Riots explode. Model gliders are launched. Lovers part. Graham continues doggedly on his rounds, finding sustenance in his glancing encounters with real and imagined others. Turks. Africans. West Indians. Kosovans. Falling Through is a haunted, darkly funny portrayal of a side of London that hasn't often found its way into fiction.
Graham Bartlett is a private English tutor. He is lonely, unable to find steady work, but does his best to deliver sound lessons to the youngsters he teaches, diving in and out of their homes, glimpsing their families and backgrounds. Falling Through is a novel of encounters and evasions: north of the Thames, south of hell.
John Muckle was born in the village of Cobham, Surrey, but has lived most of his life in Essex and London. In the 1980s he initiatedthe Paladin Poetry Series and was General Editor of its flagship anthology, The New British Poetry (Paladin, 1988). His previous books include The Cresta Run (short stories), Cyclomotors (a novella with photographic illustrations), Firewriting and Other Poems (Shearsman Books, 2005), two novels, also from Shearsman, London Brakes (2010) and My Pale Tulip (2012), and a critical study of British fiction in the 1950s and 1960s, Little White Bull (Shearsman, 2014).