Free Association casts a steely and comic eye upon the great and small concerns of being human – the chances we take and miss, the fragility of the psyche, the joy and despair of happenstance, the unpredictability of love, the dull certainty of death, and
the careening craziness of it all.
Max Lurie’s navel-gazing podcast about his life has become an unexpected runaway success. But its embellishments and inventions are starting to leak into his everyday life. As Max tries to navigate the grey areas between the fact and fiction, things begin to spin out of control. He juggles real and imagined girlfriends, an illegally procured firearm, an unpredictable friendship with a homeless schizophrenic, his acerbic immigrant producer Bongani, his dying father, his famous childhood sweetheart, an
unlikely romantic entanglement with a woman barely out of her teens and a critical and growing podcast audience. Can Max keep all of these balls in the air and finally bring them safely to rest?
‘Sidley hands us a satirical tale of our times that is truly one of the finest books I have read in a long while. He has a depth and grace of writing that takes what could be ludicrous and makes is lyrical. Sophisticated, funny and sad, it will lure you into viewing the world in a slightly different way.’ – Jennifer Crocker – Cape TImes
‘His writing flows with congruency and cunning, dipping and splashing through conceptual bumf, popular rhetoric and conventional trends, with wisdom and ease. It is searingly witty and hard-edged and reads with a fluency that makes you not want to put it down as it cuts to the heart of sacred cows in every paragraph.’ – Robyn Sassen, My View
‘Like its wry and delightfully impulsive hero, Microphone has profound – and profoundly entertaining – things to tell us about love, lies and storytelling in the age of digital celebrity.’ – Henrietta Rose-Innes, author of 6 novels, including Nineveh,winner of the Francois Sommer Literary Prize (France)