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Stories From the Century’s End

By (author) Dominic Jay


Publishing 30th May 2025
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  • Second novel by former arts journalist Dominic Jay
  • A gripping roman-à-clef, set in 1994, in London and South Africa
  • Authentic insights into the 1990s alternative club scene
  • Combines art photography and storytelling in a new hybrid form
Full Description

It is 1994, the year of the OJ Simpson saga, Tony Blair’s ascendency, and South Africa’s first fully multi-racial elections. Nola Marks is a London nightclub hostess with an art history degree and itchy feet. She is seduced by a South African art collector and publisher, who promises to change her life; but over the course of the next six months, her professional and emotional worlds are turned upside down, as sinister forces impact in unexpected ways. Along the way, Nola has her portrait painted by Lucian Freud, meets Terence Donovan, and embarks on a series of unsuccessful relationships. She also has a hand in a death. Set ten years on from Tableaux, the author’s first novel, the narrative cuts between contrasting cultures and different social tribes. With photographs by Jamie Noise, Nightingales combines art and storytelling in a compelling hybrid form.

About the Author

Jamie Noise is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker whose distinctive style blends vintage aesthetics with vibrant contemporary glamour. Driven by a love of storytelling, his photographs weave intriguing narratives around a cast of strikingly beautiful but mysterious characters. Dominic Jay is a former arts journalist. His professional life gave him privileged access to people and places that are usually off limits. The material for this, his second novel, was collected over many years. Many of the scenes and characters are drawn from life. As he says, 'all writers are voyeurs'.

Circa Press
Publish date
30th May 2025
USA & Canada
5.31 in x 8.46 in
216 Pages
20 color
Name of series
Stories & Scenes
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