The Ascent of Isaac Steward

by Mike French

Book 1 of    The Dandelion Trilogy

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Artwork: Alison Buck

Literary surrealism at its most profound, The Ascent of Isaac Steward follows one man’s journey into his own mind as he struggles to come to terms with the trauma that has reshaped his life.

A year on from the car crash in which his wife Rebekah and son Esau were killed and his other son Jacob left in a coma, Isaac Steward has suppressed every memory of that fateful day. Yet fate seems determined to make him remember, driving Isaac deeper and deeper into himself. Slowly, dysfunction builds on delusion, as childhood memories compete with a persona he has fabricated to regress to an earlier, happier time. Violence, death and destruction result as Isaac gradually loses his grip on reality. His half-brother Ishmael tells him that he must return to the wood at his childhood home, to a tree he called The Dandelion Tree, if he is ever to be reunited with Rebekah. But as he descends further, he starts to question his own existence.

The Ascent of Isaac Steward is the first book of the Dandelion Trilogy. The second book in the trilogy is Blue Friday and the third book is Convergence.


Moving and lyrical, original and hypnotic a remarkable debut novel
MICHAEL KIMBALL, Dear Everybody

Reminiscent of the surrealist literary experiments of James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake but blessedly readable The Ascent of Isaac Steward is insanely ambitious, startlingly odd, boldly conceived and executed with tremendous confidence. One of the most extraordinary novels I’ve ever read
R.N. MORRIS, A Razor Wrapped in Silk

A real neo-modernist triumph
JUXTABOOK

Powerful evocative beautifully clear impressions and images
BOOKLORE

Linguistically this is a powerfully done novel, with exquisite prose and an interesting psychological premise that raises strong questions about the power of internal cognition
THE COMPULSIVE READER

A richness and abundance of imagination and originality, beauty of imagery, tenderness, vividness and page after page of surprise and variety
THE LANCASHIRE WRITING HUB

A must for everyone’s bucket-list if you are looking for a totally unique experience
SCREENSCRIBBLER


Originally published by Cauliay Publishing in 2011, The Ascent of Isaac Steward was published by Elsewhen Press in a new revised digital edition on 19 April 2013 and in paperback on 2 August 2013

ISBN: 978-1-908168-35-1 eBook Typical price £2.99 / €3.49 / $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-908168-25-2 paperback 224pp List price £9.99 / €11.99 / $17.99

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