A few weeks ago I went to the launch party for Erinna Mettler's debut novel Starlings. I started reading the book on the bus on my way home and missed two stops!
The writing is brilliant, full of quirky detail and a dark sense of humour (read the Snip-chapter and you'll see).
Starlings is quite an unusual novel as it is a novel made up of short stories where the same characters appear, disappear and reappear. Some of the chapters work as short stories in themselves while other chapters are dependent on the stories previously told.
A very good read and as a bonus the book is set in Brighton taking in the seedy seaside atmosphere.