the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

This Much Huxley Knows: contemporary novel

This Much Huxley Knows is set during the Brexit referendum period and tells the story of intergenerational friendship. The novel uses a seven-year-old narrator and comparable titles include The Trouble with Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon, My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal and more recently Home by Amanda Berriman. It will be published in America by Black Rose Writing in July 2021. Here’s the blurb:

I’m seven years old and I’ve never had a best mate. Trouble is, no one gets my jokes. And Breaks-it isn’t helping. Ha! You get it, don’t you? Brexit means everyone’s falling out and breaking up.

Huxley grows up in the suburbs of London at a time of community tensions. To make matters worse, a gang of youths is targeting isolated residents. When Leonard, an elderly newcomer chats with Huxley, his parents are suspicious. But Huxley is lonely and thinks Leonard is too. Can they become friends?

Funny and compassionate, This Much Huxley Knows explores issues of belonging, friendship and what it means to trust.

Early readers are delighted by This Much Huxley Knows

Told from the perspective of a young boy, “This Much Huxley Knows” is a reminder of how easily we can rationalize our prejudices and how first impressions can often be misguided. It’s a story about innocence, judgment, and redemption, seen through the unique and creative eyes of a child. Reading this story will make you feel young again.

Joe Siple, author of THE FIVE WISHES OF MR. MURRAY McBRIDE and THE FINAL WISH OF MR MURRAY McBRIDE

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I imagine Huxley to look a bit like this boy.

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