Books by Declan Tan

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M Against M

“Absolutely … Bloody … Brilliant”

“Mesmerizing. A Future foretold.”

Self-proclaimed outsider, Arthur Sonntag, has proudly placed himself on the fringes of a contemptible society. But now, after desperately trying to follow in his literary heroes’ footsteps and write something immortal, he finds himself struggling to write. Piece by piece, crippled by his mediocrity and consumed by his lust for success, Arthur’s mind starts to unravel… A wave of political unrest sweeps through the city. Protests. Kidnappings. Suicides. Every event documented by the all-seeing eye of the newswire, Metropolis. Now the newswire is recruiting… On the edge of despair, Arthur desperately wants in. Anywhere. Meanwhile, in his high window, a shadowy insider dreams of just the opposite. To save what remains of his sanity, the insider wants out. Once a paragon of the Metropolis elite, now he hides himself away, to escape the waking death of his working life. Alone, he starts to write. But through his window he notices bizarre scenes in the building across. Steadily, he drifts into obsession. Steadily, he drifts into madness.

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Hope: A Play

“SMART AND FUNNY WITH A WICKED SENSE OF THE ABSURD...DIGS DEEPLY INTO THE LIVES OF ITS CHARACTERS, ALWAYS ASKING WHAT GOOD REALLY IS HOPE (IF IT'S ANY GOOD AT ALL).”
— DAVID L. WILLIAMS, PLAYWRIGHT, THE WINNERS AND AMPERSAND

Two elderly homeless men, Havelock and Ellis, work in a charity shop called HOPE, selling sticky DVDs and dead ladies’ crockery by day, in return for a place to kip at night.

When the shop is sold off to a young couple from the City, to be converted into a yoga school-bookshop-café, recently bereaved Havelock does all he can to protect their ‘home’—and his state of mind. But Ellis, resentful about their forced, toxic companionship, has other ideas...