A Tiger in Eden
2012. First edition. A fine, as new, copy.
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 - Loyalist hard man, NO SURRENDER chest tattoo, 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. A heady ride of sex, drugs and bar-room brawls, A Tiger in Eden is a raucous debut novel in the anti-tradition of Trainspotting and The Beach.
Shortlisted for Commonwealth Book Prize 2013.
Chris Flynn is books editor at The Big Issue and fiction consultant at Australian Book Review. The former publisher of Torpedo magazine, he writes for the Age, Australian, Paris Review and ABC Radio National, and is editing a forthcoming issue of McSweeney's partly devoted to Indigenous Australian fiction. He was born in Belfast and lives in Melbourne, and was once a sumo-wrestling referee in a travelling fair.