The Executor

The Executor What matters most marriage or friendship fidelity or art the wishes of the living or the talents of the dead Matt Holmes finds himself considering these questions sooner than he thinks when his friend

What matters most marriage or friendship fidelity or art the wishes of the living or the talents of the dead Matt Holmes finds himself considering these questions sooner than he thinks when his friend, the poet Robert Pope, dies unexpectedly Rob had invited Matt to become his literary executor at their annual boozy lunch, pointing out that, at 60, he was likely to beWhat matters most marriage or friendship fidelity or art the wishes of the living or the talents of the dead Matt Holmes finds himself considering these questions sooner than he thinks when his friend, the poet Robert Pope, dies unexpectedly Rob had invited Matt to become his literary executor at their annual boozy lunch, pointing out that, at 60, he was likely to be around for some time yet And Matt, having played devotee and apprentice to the bow tie poet for so long, hadn t the heart or the gumption to deny him.Now, after a frosty welcome from his widow, Matt sits at Rob s rosewood desk and ponders his friend s motives He has never understood Rob s conventional life with Jill, who seems to have no interest in her late husband s work But he soon finds himself in an ethical minefield, making shocking and scabrous discoveries that overturn everything he thought he knew about his friend As Jill gets to work in the back garden, Matt is forced to weigh up the merits of art and truth Should he conceal what he has found or share it After all, it s not just Rob s reputation that could be transformed forever Bestselling novelist and poet Blake Morrison creates a biting portrait of competitive male friendship, sexual obsession and the fragile transactions of married life The Executor innovatively interweaves poetry and prose to form a gripping literary detective story.

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  1. Blake Morrison was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, and educated at Nottingham University, McMaster University and University College, London After working for the Times Literary Supplement, he went on to become literary editor of both The Observer and the Independent on Sunday before becoming a full time writer in 1995.A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and former Chair of the Poetry Book Society and Vice Chair of PEN, Blake has written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, as well as adapting plays for the stage His best known works are probably his two memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father and Things My Mother Never Told Me Since 2003, Blake has been Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College He lives in south London, with his wife and three children.

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