WINNER OF THE BETTY TRASK PRIZE 2016
Meet Günter Glass – ex-milkman and aspiring window-cleaner, struggling to find his way in the world. His mum has died, his dad’s retired, he’s just been let go from his milk round – and Günter Glass has his head in the clouds. Fortunately, he also has a head for heights, and a lifelong fascination with glass. So when the call comes to clean the windows of the tallest skyscraper in London, he sets off for the big city with little more than youthful enthusiasm, a dual-squeegee holster and his deep departed mother’s homespun wisdom.
But will Günter’s innocence put him on a collision course with the modern world? He’s never had a girlfriend, and now he’s falling for a clairvoyant with unclear intentions. Most of what he knows about life comes from Wikipedia, so sharing a dingy flat with an eccentric German philosopher is a bit befuddling. And most worrying of all, he’s starting to think his new boss may be a little unhinged…
Glass is a novel about learning to wise up to the world around you. Charming, funny and slyly clever, it establishes Alex Christofi as one of Britain’s most exciting writers.
‘An impressive, tightly paced coming-of-age story… Günter is part James Bond, part Everyman. Christofi delivers a multi-layered story that follows one man’s refracted path through life’s prism’ Financial Times
‘Charming and funny, and not a little affecting’ Daily Mail