Claypole is not 'a large man'. He is a fat man. A fat man with thin limbs, like an egg with tentacles. And life is not going well. He's alone, idle, and on the brink of a medical crisis when a childhood acquaintance makes him an offer he can't understand, can't talk about, but ultimately can't refuse.
A week later, and he finds himself in the wilds of Scotland, plunged into an eccentric community at war over a wind farm. And he's supposed to be a backer, but he has no idea what side he's on, even though it may bag him a lot of money.
All he wants is to look like a hero in front of the woman with the bright blue eyes who brought him here.
To do so he must run the gauntlet of a family with many dark secrets, some dangerous hippies and their hallucinogenic potions, and the wilderness itself with all its threats and dangers.
Whirligig is a raucous, joyous, often poignant comedy about the redemptive power of the countryside.
Written with peerless wit, it's a timely fable that takes its place within the tradition of the Great English Comic Novel.
It's The Wicker Man as told by P.G. Wodehouse.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Short Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/04/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781780721279