The Crying Girl

by Charlie Weaver Rolfe

Publisher: Charlie Weaver Rolfe

Publication Date: September 30, 2016

ISBN: 9780995622418

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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A hilarious and poignant novel about the end of the world, before and after, as experienced by apparently its lone survivor, who hadn't been paying attention.

Following an unforeseen apocalyptic event, Clifford, an in-no-way-dedicated student, still sleeping on his best friend's sofa after the break-up of his relationship, begins to write impulsively in an effort to keep his sanity. His diary of a macabre present is flooded with often comic memories of the semi-dystopian world he has lost, which coalesce into an elegy for the people that mattered to him most.

Nights out and six-a-side with Lucas, whose mother just died of cancer.

Philosophy, whisky and Jammy Dodgers with Dr Jacobson, his office-bound tutor.

Daytime TV and cups of tea with Elsie, his exquisitely breasted housemate.

His liaison with Josephine, their African maid.

His dysfunctional, violent romance with Charlotte, his ex-girlfriend in perpetuity.

And the crying girl, whom Clifford met on a mission to retrieve his football, and with whom – just because she was crying – he immediately fell in love.

Meanwhile, in the background, civilization was in retreat. Half the city was underwater, terrorism was mundane, paramedics behaved like rogue police, and the lods, a criminal underclass, made other parts of town off-limits. But all of this was secondary to the vital concerns of Clifford's life – and seems even less important in the aftermath of apocalypse. Now "life" consists only in writing, insomnia, the unsettling survival of a late-night channel showing Spanish porn, and Clifford's obsessional search for Elsie, who went on a date with "someone else" the night before it happened.

None of which prepares him for a fateful trip to the supermarket, and his shocking encounter with another survivor – and fellow student – Murdoch, who is not his friend…