WHAT IF YOU COULD BE SOMEBODY ELSE?
Lou Gilmond's stunning debut literary mystery novel. It's 1960's Mallorca and Thomas Sebastian is an English conman on the run. Hoping to evade his creditors, he's taken an old Spanish finca as his hideout. He discovers the house untouched since the death of its last owner, the renowned and distinguished Senyor Rodriguez - with fine art on the walls, a library of books and cellar full of wine. Thomas slips easily into his new life - walking, reading and drinking; falling in love with his neighbour, the beautiful but impossibly young Isabella Ferretti. But when he puts on Rodriguez' white linen suit and heads into the city, things get a little out of hand...
This literary mystery novel is a riotous tale of excess, desire and greed, set in a sultry Spanish island summer of 1964. Lou Gilmond's prose at times crackles with wit and at others is stomach-heavy with sensuality. Through it all, Thomas is thrilling if feverish company.
Lou Gilmond is an alumni of the Curtis Brown Creative Writing School and also has a diploma in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford, England. The Tale of Senyor Rodriguez is Lou's debut novel, inspired by the magical City of Palma and the surrounding countryside to the south west of the island. Here sheep still wander freely with bells around their necks and potter along to the whistle of the shepherd. Lou is hopeful another book will follow soon, but as London is the location for the writing, it is likely to involve less sheep.