The Demolition of the Century
Tom Spotswood (a.k.a. William McGinty) is an insurance investigator who has lost his socks, his suitcase, his career, his ex-wife and, most importantly, his son, Frank. He is being followed by Robert Valentine, the mysterious owner of the horse with no sperm; Alastair Shook and his van of guards; and Spud, a demolition man who is using his wrecking ball to bring down the most beautiful movie theatre in town, the Century. To find his son Tom will have to come to terms with his past - a past he ran away from. But first will have to find those socks. The Demolition of the Century is the second novel from Duncan Sarkies, the highly acclaimed author of Two Little Boys. In his latest novel, Sarkies takes a sometimes savage, sometimes humorous and sometimes heartbreaking look at families, memories, demolition and the fragility of the human mind.
The multi-talented Duncan Sarkies is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, stand-up comedian and short story writer. He is best known for writing the hit black comedy Scarfies, one of New Zealand's highest grossing films. He also penned an episode of the HBO TV series Flight of the Conchords. Duncan has written film scripts, plays and musical theatre, touring several shows around New Zealand and abroad. He won the 1995 New New Zealand Play of the Year award for Saving Grace, and the 2000 Montana New Zealand Best First Book Award for his short story collection Stray Thoughts and Nose Bleeds. Duncan's debut novel Two Little Boys was published in 2008 to rave reviews, and was brought to life as a major motion picture in 2012.