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My Life in Orbit

Richard Blandford


June 13th 2024









A sharply observed cocktail of the unexpected— everything happens in a dull town...

The narrator whom we only know by his nickname, Fantasticus Autisticus is about to meet his daughter for the first time.

He goes for his usual walk, his orbit, while rehearsing his life story in anticipation for a surprise meeting with a daughter he didn’t know existed.

He’s sharply observant, though being autistic he rarely comments on the obvious and the result is a narrative full of unintended irony and vision.

His inner voice, called Daddy, orders him to tell his story: his childhood brought up by a single mother, whom he remembers as ‘ always young’, his obsession with an obscure comic  series , how he exposed a sinister religious movement, the mysterious death of a friend, and the accidental affair which produced his daughter — using different styles, from fairy tale to literary fiction.

And all the while he is walking, meeting fellow orbiters doing their walk in a dull town, where everything happens.

Absolutely brilliant— at times quietly heartbreaking and hopeful, and seasoned with dark humour.

– Dave Hutchinson, author of Fractured Europe

My Life in Orbit takes us deep into the mind of an unforgettable central character with a unique way of looking at the world. Harangued by internal voices, plagued by indignities, he faces a daily struggle for equilibrium and self-determination. Richard Blandford’s deftly-written and highly readable novel is a feat of empathy and, for all its darkness, ultimately hopeful.

– Chris Parker, author of Nameless Lake

A  fine coming-of-age story with subtle strains of Vonnegut and Pynchon. Funny in places, heartfelt in others. A splendid read.

– Mark Thomas, author of The Bothy and Dry Cleaning

What a voice; hilarious, harrowing, convincing, superbly sustained

– Niall Griffiths, author of Broken Ghosts

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