Tonight at Kings Place in North London, where Jewish Book Week is being celebrated, the winner of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize for Jewish Literature was announced. In a brave and possibly controversial choice, the judges picked Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslanderas the winner. This is quite simply, one of the strangest, darkest and undoubtedly funniest novels I have ever read (let alone published).
Will Eaves' third novel, This is Paradise, is an exquisite story about an apparently ordinary family in 1970s Bath. It follows Don and Emily Allden and their four children through the highs and lows of raising a family. Thirty years later and living their own lives, the children meet at their mother's deathbed. In the end, even down-to-earth families like this one are never what they seem.
Here, Will Eaves talks to his editor Paul Baggaley about the novel's structure, its seventh main character after the family members, and his own experience of writing.