Coldwater Bay – a tiny village tucked away on the southern coast of the Isle of Wight – suddenly finds itself being besieged by Africans who have gone there for that very purpose. A racist doctor on holiday, two of his love-sick teenage wards, and the Africans’ inside man in the village watch events unfold from their very different viewpoints, in this ambitious, original novel which steers a captivating path between the comic and the horrific.
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“A witty, frightening book lancing British arrogance, racism and smugness…His prose sparkles with razor’s-edge wit reminiscent of the great British satirists…A finely written, disturbingly pointed indictment of British colonialism and racism and that fester in an insular smugness “where life is indeed an island…bristling with complacency.” – Kirkus Reviews (US)
“On the surface it appears to be a simple story but it has more layers than an onion and leaves you with plenty to think about afterwards. I had to find out what happened and it was after three o’clock this morning when I tuned the final page but a good hour before I could sleep as I mulled over what we had done to other countries and the trauma of doing what is right, even brave but having your actions cause death. It’s a book that will stay with me and one which I’m sure I’ll reread.” – The Bookbag (UK)
“Snug is an intense, unremittingly honest book, with an appealing soul of its own; it is also unputdownable.” – Núvol (Catalonia).
“Ambitious in its resolve to be both serious and funny” Matthew Parris, The Spectator (UK).
“An utterly compelling, uncompromising, visceral and unflinching look at racism, anti-Semitism and the legacy of colonialism. The adult protagonists are drawn with a deft accuracy and the resultant emotional impact of a heat seeking missile. The book bewitches the reader…it is touching, deeply moving and very funny.” KS Lewkowicz – composer and lyricist of Goodbye Barcelona and Release The Beat.
“This strikes me as being an enviable tour de force. It kept me enthralled, and glued to the page all the way through.” Jordi Puntí – author of the award-winning novel Lost Luggage.
“Snug is an astonishing narrative of the imperial thuggery lurking beneath the genteel veneer of life in an English seaside resort. An ironic, highly dramatic tale of the siege mentality of the Little Englander. Eastbourne or Ventnor will never seem quite the same.” Peter Bush – former Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
“This book´s a must, and not to be missed. It will grip you from beginning to end” Antonia Kerrigan, AK Literary Agency. “
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About the Author
MATTHEW TREE was born in London at the tail end of 1958. He has lived in Barcelona since 1984. For literary reasons of his own, in 1990 he stopped writing in English and switched to Catalan, in which language he has published ten books, including two novels, a collection of short stories, an autobiography, a rant against work, and a personal essay on racism. In English he has published a collection of articles and essays ‘Barcelona, Catalonia. A View From The Inside’ (Cookwood Press, Mass. USA). ‘Snug’ is his first published novel written in his native tongue. SNUG was chosen by The Bookbag magazine as one of the ten best self-published books in the UK in 2014, in all categories.