'Lily is a colossal heroine, a nighttown Molly Bloom . . . What begins as a satiric novel of ideas ends as a surprisingly moving elegy' Guardian
'Scathingly entertaining' The Times
Scabrous, vicious and unpleasant in life, Lily Bloom has not been improved by death. She has changed addresses, of course, and now inhabits a basement flat in Dulston – London's borough for those no longer troubled by breathing – but if anything her temperament has worsened. Finding it hard to deal with the (enforced) company of a calcified, pop-obsessed foetus, her dead, foul-mouthed son and three gruesome creatures made of her own unwanted fat, she must find something to do with her time. So how do the dead live? And what happens when they stop being dead?
'The work of a novelist writing at the height of his powers. It is a horror story, a love-me-do story, a full-frontal assault on the seven deadly sins – and a celebration of them. Lily may be an old cow but she's good company' Evening Standard
'It is the unexpected emotional dimension that gives the novel its powerful resonance. How the Dead Live is gloriously the work of a demented moralist . . . it seems to mark a transition. Behold the new Self: a clean, mean, writing machine' Esquire