'Carlo Gébler's special subject is proving to be the pain and unease that trickles into the space between the
events of everyday life.'-John Melmoth, Times Literary Supplement
'A writer of extraordinary talent and originality'-Kate Saunders, Cosmopolitan
'Gébler's pellucid prose style is the perfect instrument with which to prove a reader's heart'.-Will Self
W9 & Other Lives spans the world-from Cuba to Connemara, from the Mediterranean.
The lives of the characters are as broad as the settings. in 'Puerto Vallarta' a brother and sister on holiday
in Mexico are terrorised by a Rottweiler; in the 'Fifty Pound Note', Boyle, a middle-aged Irish labourer living
in Notting Hill falls out with and then makes up with the Indian owner of his local shop; in 'The Cowboy Suit' a
young boy in Co. Clare prepares for his first feis and collides with the various varieties of unfairness; in 'The
Chekhov Student'an ageing academic scribbles a fragment of his autobiography and realises he is about to die; in
'Wesley' a Belfast taxi driver is hi-jacked by Republicans; and in 'Telephone Sex' a woman who works in Harrods
has her life destroyed by a malicious caller, a woman she has never met.
The characters depicted in these stories are lonely, rootless, and quite often uncertain about what they want or
how they would get what they want if only they knew what it was... Yet the collection also celebrates how people
endure, begin again and refuse to be crushed by chance and circumstance.