Review of ‘Man with a Seagull on his Head’ by Harriet Paige

This was another birthday present and I thought it was worth a review as it’s a very quirky and unusual debut novel. The book follows the life of an ordinary admin assistant who finds his life altered completely after he is hit and injured on the head by a seagull on the beach. He’s hurt and needs medical attention but from that moment on seems driven to draw and paint.  It’s set in 1976 and scrolls forward to the future when said man, Ray Eccles,  is now a celebrated artist .The story charts the relationship between him and his agents, a  strange couple with whom Ray lives in a bizarre love triangle.  There’s also a reappearance by his muse, a woman he spotted when the gull struck. I won’t say more as I don’t want to include any plot spoilers.

It’s nicely done and seems to me to say something about the nature of creativity, art and in  particular what we think art is. A charming book which kept me reading. 5*****

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