A Tiger in Eden
Text Publishing (2012)
Beautiful beaches, sexy young backpackers, cheap drinks: southern Thailand in the mid- 1990s is the perfect place for a holiday.
It’s also the perfect place for Billy, on the run from the Belfast police—to lie low. He’s turning away from a life of crime, but isn’t sure where to go.
A series of fights and one-night stands helps put his troubles out of mind for a while. But when Billy ends up in a Buddhist retreat he learns that no matter how far you travel, your past will always catch up with you.
"If ever Irvine Welsh and Elizabeth Gilbert had a love child, then A Tiger in Eden would be the result. The debut novel from Melbourne journalist Chris Flynn is brutal, hilarious and wholly surprising.”
"A Tiger in Eden is not for the faint-hearted, but persevere because the journey is more than worth the effort. Flynn’s deft characterization of Billy and his eye for contrasting beauty with ugliness takes this novel to a higher level. [It] will leave the reader both inspired and breathless.”
"Illuminating mayhem. A wild whirl of Roddy Doyle, James Kelman and Irvine Welsh, with no punches pulled… full of vibrant energy, pulse and earthily scatological humour. As a debut, A Tiger in Eden is impressive – hilarious, terrifying and raunchy."
Sunday Star Times
The weird thing is, right, apart from the fact a good book can take your mind off of things like the past and that, is that I starts speaking different. I could hear myself using words I’d never said before and I was thinking fuck me, I sound all educated or something. Just goes to show you like, I always thought you could never learn nothing from books but I was telling this Scottish lad about it one night at the bar, he was a good Prod so he was, he’d seen Rangers play loads of times, and he says to me sure reading books improves your vocabulary, everyone knows that.
Fuck me, I says, I must of missed the memo.