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“…This novelist of such amazing dexterity, humanity, inventive skill.
He reminds me of Durrell, of Burgess – yet with a sense of tenderness often missing in those showmen.
I’ve since read as much as I can of this writer, unfailingly inventive – as I read his work,
I often feel (as with Powys often, and Lawrence sometimes)
that I’m reading a detective story that turns out to be about me.”
―Robert Kelly, Books Of The Year on Readysteadybook.com
Harrison’s first published novel was a 1980 translation of Eine Zeit zum Umarmen, a novel by the celebrated author, painter, and actress, Lilli Palmer, who is Harrison’s mother. The book was published in English by MacMillan as A Time to Embrace. Harrison then wrote Freud, a Novel, published by Penguin in 1984. In 1968 he had begun what was to become a quartet of novels, The Heart Beneath, a project which the author regards as his primary life’s work, beginning publication with Richard’s Feet (1990) Cley (1992), and Egon (1993), and completed in 2016 by How to Push Through. Work on The Heart Beneath was punctuated by plays and scripts for stage, film and television, and was interrupted in 2005 by seven unconnected novels written in 365 days, including the Justice Quintet, consisting of Justice (2013), Who Was That Lady? (2014), Dog’s Mercury (2015), Clear to Kill (2017), and Flatbush & Vine (forthcoming), along with Personal Assistant and As An Unperfect Actor on the Stage, both forthcoming.