The Inevitable Gift Shop – A memoir by other means


The Inevitable Gift Shop, the latest book from Will Eaves, is now available, and we here at Nothing in the Rulebook are already excited about it.

Subtitled ‘A memoir by other means’, The Inevitable Gift Shop lassoes consciousness, memory, desire, literature, illness, flora and fauna, problems with tortoises and cable ties, and brings them back home in double file, as prose and poetry.

Sri Lankan-born Australian novelist Michelle de Kretser has described the book as being “like a conversation with an extraordinarily wise friend: surprising, tender, funny and profound”.

Irish poet Ian Duhig has also praised Eaves’s latest offering, saying “It takes itself apart and puts itself back together again as it goes along like a literary Transformer, morphing from prose to poetry, literary criticism to history, every new shape a brilliant incarnation … this is an odd book, no question, one I back to last.”

The Inevitable Gift Shop is the second book Eaves has published with CB Editions – the imprint of publisher-poet Charles Boyle which has, as The Guardian points out, produced “some truly dazzling books”. CB Editions publishes short fiction, poetry, translations and other work which, “might otherwise fall through the cracks between the big publishers”.

Will Eaves is the author of four novels and a collection of poems (Sound Houses, Carcanet, 2011). He was Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011, and now teaches at Warwick University.

His previous novel (perhaps better described as a collection of mini-narratives), The Absent Therapist, was shortlisted for the Goldsmith’s Prize 2014. Since this book also made it onto both our essential summer reading list of 2015, and also our recommended list of literary stocking fillers, we’re already looking forward to reading The Inevitable Gift Shop. You should be, too.

You can order your copy of The Inevitable Gift Shop by Will Eaves here –

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