In New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital, the world’s greatest living writer, Eli Gold, is dying. Witnessing his death are his precocious 8-year-old daughter by his present (fifth) wife, his anxiety-ridden 44-year-old son from his third marriage, and his 89-year-old first wife, watching on TV from a care home in London. And also, secretly, his fourth wife’s fundamentalist Mormon brother, who has never got over his sister’s death in a suicide pact with Eli, a suicide pact that he, Eli, survived. The Death of Eli Gold is a comedy, a thriller, and a meditation on love, death, aging, sex, fame, and the idea – the dying idea – of The Great Man.
Reviews of The Death of Eli Gold
- Praise for The Secret Purposes:
- ‘Page-turning, cleverly constructed … an entertaining book’ GUARDIAN
- ‘A satisfying, brave novel’ OBSERVER
- ‘An intriguing novel about history and truth … The intelligence and inquiry of this book will surprise many’ THE TIMES
- ‘Wonderful … brilliantly realised’ INDEPENDENT
- ‘It is a sombre, clever book, but, being Baddiel, is irradiated by flashes of dark humour’ Sally Vickers, SPECTATOR