Three Men on the Edge

My flash fiction novella, Three Men on the Edge was published by V. Press in 2018 and was shortlisted for the 2019 Saboteur Best Novella Award. It is now in its second print run.

Three Men on the Edge - Book Cover for Novel NightsSet in London’s ‘edgelands’, a suburban wilderness neither urban nor rural, Three Men on the Edge is a novella that unfolds through a series of linked short-short stories. Three distinct sequences explore the meaning and value of different forms of relationship, through the daily lives, self-doubts, fantasies, obsessions, and disappointments of three troubled men who slip into crisis when they lose connection with the women in their lives. Denholm – Cause for Alarm, Gus – The Invisible World, and Martyn – Chewing Glass.

Link to Book (including extracts)

If you’d like to receive a signed copy, please send me an email via the Contact page

Reviews and Endorsements:

Three Men on the Edge took me unawares and made a huge impression. To me it represents what the Republic of Consciousness Prize is all about – hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose from a tiny independent press that’s willing to take risks. Denholm, Gus and Martyn are wonderful creations and Michael Loveday renders their world with great skill and empathy and subtlety.” (David Collard, chair of the judging panel, Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019)

“A beautifully crafted novella-in-flash, small and perfect slices of life written with skill and heart.” (Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon, shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award 2016)

“This is a heart-felt book, but its prose is controlled by a steely intelligence. It’s funny, too – and moving and scary. Michael Loveday is a name to watch. He’s writing a new kind of fiction.” (David Swann, author of  The Privilege of Rain, shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry)

“With poetic language and emotional precision, Loveday writes like a cartographer about the wilderness we call ‘the human heart’.” (Meg Pokrass, author of The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down, and winner of the 2016 Blue Light Book Award)

“Michael Loveday’s “Three Men on the Edge” (V. Press, 2018) reminds me of why I love the novella-in-flash form.(Charmaine Wilkerson, author of How to Make a Window Snake, winner of the Saboteur Best Novella Award 2018. Read the rest of the review at Charm’s Pen)

“Exciting, compelling and very readable… it deserves to reach a wide audience’” (Sarah Westcott, author of Slant Light and winner of the Venture Poetry Award. Read the rest of the review here)

“…This book is a rummage through the storerooms of the human heart with all its fears, its passions, its yearnings, its failures, its betrayals.” (Frances Spurrier, winner of the 2014 Cinnamon Press Collection Award. Read the rest of the review at Volatile Rune)

“Clever, clean and economically written… Three Men on the Edge is a triumph.” (Joel Hames-Clarke, author of the Sam Williams trilogy, 5-star review here at Amazon and Goodreads)

“The beauty of this book, overall, is its not-neatness, its focus on the out-of-focus, its one minute a story, its next minute a footnote, its edginess, its familiarity, its murkiness, it’s really good.” (Jonathan Cardew at Bending Genres)

“Brilliantly original and odd flash fiction from a very good publisher.” (IndieRecs newsletter)

“This is an original, well-crafted and enjoyable book.” (London Grip magazine, full review here)

“[T]hese are heart-rending stories of remoteness […] Loveday’s languid and dexterous language floats from the page […] Three Men on the Edge is an extremely moving novella.” (TSS Publishing, full review here)

“So, emptiness, sadness, meaninglessness, madness, an outer suburbia where it seems always to be drizzling. But in that mysterious transformation that only art can achieve – a pleasure to read.” (Envoi magazine, issue 183, full review in the journal)

“An outstanding work of fiction. Three Men on the Edge is a remarkable first book.” (Myra Schneider, poet and fiction writer, author of The Door to Colour, 5-star review here at Amazon)

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