As the onslaught of digital distractions tears through the world of book publishing, Joelle Jesson, editor-of-distinction, finds herself suddenly unemployed, in possession of a skill no longer in demand by a world glued to screens. And then her ex-boss, the CEO of the grand media company is found dead at his desk, without apparent cause.
And so her plot instincts light up. Why did he die? Was he killed? Did he commit suicide? Or does the real world sometimes not submit to three acts? As possible suspects come in and out of focus, Joelle must also navigate her own life, now crying out for a fresh narrative.
Compared by reviewers both here and abroad to Ian McEwen, Philip Roth, Martin Amis, Richards Powers and Joseph Heller, Sidley’s Leaving Word is brilliant mystery about fame, death, books, art and the search for love and meaning.
The crackling dialogue and Sidley’s facility for comedy easily make Leaving Word de rigueur reading for anyone curious about the book trade and the minefields writers – and editors – negotiate towards helping us understand ourselves and the bigger questions of life and death’ Mandla Langa, Dare not Linger
‘At once razor-sharp and humane, provocative and witty – an exuberant observation of the human condition. Every sentence is a gem’ – Mark Winkler, Theo & Flora
‘A delicious mash up of murder, sex, art and sly, dry humor that might just kill you – as sophisticated a murder mystery as you are likely to read’ Jenny Crwys-Williams, Kaya FM
‘A book of stunning beauty and humanity’ – Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times