The dazzling novel from acclaimed author and stand-up comedian Mark Watson.
Dubai is a good place to win. And a really, really bad place to lose ...
Junior advertising creative Tim Callaghan can hardly believe his luck when his idea for a commercial is commissioned by an international charity. He's flown out to Dubai to supervise the project and is immediately enticed by the city - a futuristic environment unlike anywhere he's ever been before. The first few days go by in a blur: Tim meets the heads of the charity and the production team; a movie star flies in to appear in the advert; and The Village, the five-star resort in which they're staying, offers an almost uncanny level of customer service.
Then filming begins, a crew member dies, and things get complicated . . .
Beautiful, seductive, brilliantly managed and a little bit frightening, Dubai itself is like an advert, and takes on an increasingly unsettling atmosphere as the murder investigation begins. The longer Tim stays, the more surreal everything seems: the mysterious death, the ad campaign, even the charity. As Tim's assumptions evaporate one by one in the heat of the desert city, all that's certain is that he needs to get out before it's too late.
PRAISE FOR MARK WATSON
"Funny, sharply observed and unexpectedly moving" The Times
"Hugely recommended. Gentle, compassionate, unusual and thought-provoking" Chris Cleave
"A pitch-perfect tragicomedy of ordinary - and not so ordinary - family life" Jonathan Coe
"A beautifully observed, touching and funny book of considerable power" A. L. Kennedy
Mark Watson is the acclaimed author of five previous novels, including Eleven, The Knot and Hotel Alpha, which have been published in twelve languages. He is also a stand-up comedian and has won numerous awards in Britain and Australia. He regularly appears on TV, has had his own cult Radio 4 series and was named the Edinburgh Festival's highest achiever of the decade by The Times. He lives in north London. You can read more on his website at www.markwatsonthecomedian.com.