Address Book

By Neil Bartlett

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Publication date: November 2021

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Address Book is the new work of fiction by the Costa-shortlisted author of Skin Lane. Neil Bartlett’s cycle of stories takes us to seven very different times and situations: from a new millennium civil partnership celebration to erotic obsession in a Victorian tenement, from a council-flat bedroom at the height of the AIDS crisis to a doctor’s living-room in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, they lead us through decades of change to discover hope in the strangest of places.

Neil says, ‘Every place I’ve ever slept in, I’ve always wondered about what went on at that address before I moved in. To write this book, I went back to some significant places in my own life and let the walls talk to me. The result of that listening is this new cycle of stories.’

Editor Nathan Evans says, ‘I’ve loved Neil’s writing since finding his first book in the university library, so to publish his latest is something of a dream for me. Inkandescent are proud to be working with such an important queer writer with so much to say about where we are and how we got here.’

‘Bartlett is a pioneer on and off the page and we are lucky to have him telling our stories’
—Damian Barr

‘One of England’s finest writers’
—Edmund White

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About Inkandescent

Inkandescent were founded in 2016 by Justin David and Nathan Evans to champion voices underrepresented in mainstream publishing. Their first publication Threads was funded by Arts Council England and long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize—of which their second, AutoFellatio by James Maker, was inaugural winner. Other books include The Pale Ones by Bartholomew Bennett described by The Guardian as an ‘impressive debut’. In 2021 they worked with Unbound to publish Mainstream, an anthology of stories featuring writers including Kit de Waal, Kerry Hudson and Paul McVeigh and Address Book by Neil Bartlett, an Observer Book of the Year.

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