Coming August 2018
Man with a Seagull on His Head tells the story of Ray Eccles, an unassuming and unambitious local council worker who, after being the victim of a bizarre accident (in which a wounded seagull lands on his head), becomes consumed by that which was in his field of vision at the moment of impact. He is driven by the need to depict the vision he holds within his mind, compulsively and repeatedly. Initially on any paper he can find in this house, and thereafter on the walls, using any materials that come to hand, including food and his own bodily fluids. He is eventually discovered by a couple of collectors of Outsider Art who also take him into their house and their lives. The novel follows Ray’s story, from unknown office worker, to accidental artist du jour, to homeless wanderer. Alongside, we follow Jennifer Mullholland, his unsuspecting and anonymous muse as she struggles with the idea of being the focus of one man’s obsession and the subject of paintings regarded as transcendent in their beauty.
Praise for Harriet Paige
“Funny, sharp, engaging and beautifully written… a precious and strange thing. A bona fide gem.”—The Guardian
“Acutely observed and generously imagined this portrait of an accidental artist is as surprising as it is enthralling. It gripped me from the first page. Its last lines are still with me, shimmering with wise promise.” —Maureen Freely
“There is an insistent, rhythmic quality to Moore’s writing, and a dark imagination at work.”—The Daily Mail