Patrick Langley’s first novel, Arkady, was longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Deborah Rogers Writers Prize. His second, The Variations, is published in September 2023. He is an editor at e-flux Criticism.

Praise for Arkady

‘A gorgeous novel… A livid and visionary brotherly love story set among our ruins. I loved it.’
—Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers

‘Thick with smoky atmosphere and beautifully controlled – this is a vivid and very fine debut.’ 
—Kevin Barry, author of City of Bohane

‘A distinctly post-Brexit novel, Arkady is set in an unnamed city that both is and isn’t London, thick with the atmosphere of the riots of 2011, and the stricken, devastated aura of the days after the Grenfell fire. ... Arkady suggests that we’ll build our own arcadias out of the dreams that haunt us, both threatening and protective.’
— Lauren Elkin, Guardian

‘Patrick Langley’s Arkady is a strange trip – luminescent, jagged and beautiful. A debut novel that twists, compels, descends and soars. I highly recommend it.’
— Jenni Fagan, author of Luckenbooth

Arkady raises questions about what happens after capitalism finally collapses. ... The prose crackles with energy as the narrative follows the constant movement by placing the reader on a well-oiled tracking dolly, often zooming out to remind us of the bigger picture. Langley is a highly visual writer and Arkady an assured allegorical debut about a near-future Britain that is potentially only a recession or two away.’
— Ben Myers, New Statesman

Contact

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