Simon Okotie was born to Nigerian/ English parents. His family moved to rural Norfolk in the late seventies – seemingly one of few black families in the region. Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon? was conceived on his evening commute from work, as a transport consultant in central London, to Birkbeck, where he was studying philosophy. He also wrote a play on his morning commute from Kilburn to Oxford Circus, on the 189 bus.
“Style makes this offbeat debut novel remarkable.’” Financial Times
“…bold and compelling.” Eastern Daily Press
“…short and entertaining.” Hackney Citizen
“…the making of a modern classic.” 3:am Magazine
“…wonderfully funny and original.” Salvēte! blog
“…like no book I have ever read before.” Slightly Bookist blog
“ …the arrival of a staggeringly original voice.’ Lee Rourke, author of The Canal
“I read the first two chapters but nothing, not even being on a desert island with no other reading material would tempt me to read any more.” A reviewer on Amazon.
An Hotel n. “…Notice how the use of ‘an’, adds a frisson of perhaps sexual excitement to the word hotel and that the means by which it does this is by effectively silencing the ‘h’, thereby transporting, at a stroke, the hotel from the Anglo Saxon world to the Gallic world, with the concomitant sense of style and relaxed sexual expressiveness that that entails…”