Zachary Cloudesley is remarkable, gifted in many ways even he cannot perceive.
But not all gifts are a blessing.
'Wild, bewitching and propulsive, Sean Lusk's drama of prophetic visions, exotic feats of engineering, transgressive desire and familial love is one of those novels that makes you rejoice that we are a storytelling species. The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley, peopled with vivid characters and sumptuously-imagined scenery is a triumph of the imagination, of language, and of generosity.' - Liz Jensen
Winner of the Manchester Fiction Prize, The Fish Short Story Prize and the Cambridge Short Story Prize.
I’ve tried many things in my life – my first job was a gardener, working mainly with trees. I learnt the names of many types of tree, and as a result am able to greet a tree politely.
For many years I worked as a civil servant in London, Brussels, Cairo, Islamabad and a few other places besides. It kept me from doing the only thing I seem to have some aptitude for, which is writing stories. I buckled down to learning about the short story in about 2001, and had my first short stories published a year or two after that. Since then I’ve won the Fish Short Story Prize, the Manchester Fiction Prize and come second in the Bridport Prize and the Tom-Gallon Trust prize.
My debut novel The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley was published by Doubleday in June 2022.