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MR BREAKFAST

Jonathan Carroll

  • Original Title: MR BREAKFAST
  • Publication date: October 2019
  • Publisher: REBIS
  • Country: GB
  • 320 print pages
  • Fantastic/Urban Fantasy

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, Paternity, PEOPLE facing life, Life choice, Death, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social climbing, LOVE / HATE, Commitment

Pitch

Graham Patterson is a famous photographer, but once he was a very not-famous comedian. And before that, he loved a woman called Ruth. Now, he gets a magical tattoo that gives him the chance to see what his life will become if he continues down his current path to photography, pursues comedy or marries Ruth.

Comments

Translation rights sold: Italy, Poland

On UK submission.

Jonathan Carroll is a British writer. He has published several novels,
including THE LAND OF LAUGHS (2001), two story collections, and an essay collection. He has been translated into over thirty languages and has won a Pushcart Prize, a World Fantasy award, a British Fantasy award, the French Fantasy award, and the Bram Stoker award.

Summary

Graham Patterson’s former lover, Ruth, is being interviewed by a journalist called James Arthur. She shows him photographs from Patterson’s early work, before he became Patterson, world-famous photographer.

The story then turns back to a younger Graham, who has refused his former girlfriend Ruth’s advice on mixing up his comedy routine a little. With his last few thousand dollars, he’s making a road trip from New York to California to work on his brother’s fruit farm, when he spots a tattoo parlour and stays for a tattoo, done by tattooist Anna Mae.

Days later he bumps into himself, but this version is a very famous comedian, stopped by everyone for autographs and trying to work out what to do with all the job offers his agent is getting for him. Bemused, Graham sees Anna Mae again, who explains that his particular tattoo has a magic quality. It will enable him to see what his life becomes depending on whether he pursues photography, goes off to be the famous comedian, or marries Ruth, the love of his life.

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  • Author’s biography

    Jonathan Carroll is a British writer. He has published several novels, including THE LAND OF LAUGHS (2001), two story collections, and an essay collection. He has been translated into over thirty languages and has won a Pushcart Prize, a World Fantasy award, a British Fantasy award, the French Fantasy award, and the Bram Stoker award.