A Novel

Rob Magnuson Smith

Published: 1 October 2015
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781783781065


Scorper, noun, a tool used to scoop out broad areas when engraving wood or metal.

Scorper, novel, an uncanny and sinister tale of an eccentric American visitor to the small Sussex town of Ditchling, searching for stories about his grandfather. A tale of twitching curtains, severed hands and peculiar sexual practices. A book about Eric Gill's artistic legacy, his despicable behaviour and enduring influence. Scorper is a strange and beautiful English comic masterpiece, with added bird bones.

About the author

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ROB MAGNUSON SMITH teaches creative writing at the University of Exeter and is a contributing editor to Playboy magazine. His debut novel The Gravedigger won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award. He is half-American, half-English. More about the author


‘[A] funny, disturbing portrayal of a mind at odds with itself’ Hannah Rosefield



‘[A] funny, disturbing portrayal of a mind at odds with itself’ Hannah Rosefield

‘[An] original, darkly comic novel... It's a funny, unsettling read; Kafka crossed with Flann O'Brien’ Brandon Robshaw

Scorper is delightful. It's funny, thought-provoking, and different to anything that's preceded it. John Cull is a great character in a cast of great characters... It's a little work of genius’

Scorper is most unusual, and most rewarding. Gradually it bleeds from the pastoral through the surreal and into the horrific, like an Evelyn Waugh novel given the Edgar Allan Poe treatment, the kind of story where you don't realize until the shears have closed that you were caught between them’ Kevin Brockmeier, author

Scorper is a charming, funny, tender pleasure. A pleasing air of mania and madness’ Andrew Miller, Costa Award-winning author

‘Powerfully original, funny and strange and haunting’ Tessa Hadley, author

‘Strange and beautiful’ Zoe Johnson

‘This is rural mystery at its best - dark, deceitful and uncomfortable’ Andy Barr

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