Oh this is good. Very good. Gallic Books have a fantastic novel coming out in the Summer. The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule is about, well, a suicide shop. This black comedy, as black as they come and in very bad taste, is set in a bleak future where humans are taking their own lives in increasing numbers.
Terrible news for mankind, but great news for the Tuvache family who run the local suicide shop. Shelves are full of ropes, knives, guns as well as more elaborate methods for topping oneself such as poison, breeze blocks (for drowning or defenestration) or the bestselling Turing kit (you'll have to read the book to find out about that one).
Mishima Tuvache and his wife Lucrece tend the store with their three children - Vincent, Marilyn and Alan (you'll have to read the book to find out who he is named after). They take great pride in their work and are suitably dark and morose, with the noticeable exception of Alan. Alan is the most optimistic and cheerful of young chaps. An absolute delight, but terrible for business.
Reading The Suicide Shop, and watching Alan attempt to win everyone round to his way of thinking, is an absolute delight. A perfect short read and a book that is guaranteed to become a cult classic but may even make it into the bestseller charts.
It isn't published until July but I have been reading it in manuscript. I am delighted to say that the publisher, Gallic Books, are making 10 bound manuscripts available to readers of my blog. That's right, a free copy of this book could be yours a whole 6 months before publication. All you have to do to get one is drop me an email and promise to spread the word if you like it.