The Artificial Anatomy of Parks

by Kat Gordon Read profile


This is a story about the journey from love to loss and back again.

At twenty-one, Tallulah Park lives alone in a grimy bedsit. There's a sink in her bedroom and a strange damp smell that means she wakes up wheezing. Then she gets the call that her father has had a heart attack. Years before, she was being tossed around her difficult family; a world of sniping aunts, precocious cousins, emigrant pianists and lots of gin, all presided over by an unconventional grandmother. But no one was answering Tallie's questions: why did Aunt Vivienne loathe Tallie's mother? Why is everyone making excuses for her absent father? Who was Uncle Jack and why would no one talk about him?

As Tallie grows up, she learns the hard way about damage and betrayal, that in the end, the worst betrayals are those we inflict on ourselves.

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‘With heartbreakingly understated prose, Kat Gordon lays out the terrible loneliness of a child at the center of an exploded, secretive family. It is an autopsy of how we love and an exploration of forgiveness, both disturbing and shimmering in deceptive simplicity.’

Liza Klaussmann, Tigers in Red Weather

‘Just finished the novel: it’s so great, feel quite emotional! A compulsive family drama, The Artificial Anatomy of Parks explores the devastating effects of keeping secrets. Kat Gordon deftly tells the story of Tallulah’s past, building to a dramatic, unputdownable conclusion in her present. An excellent read.’

Emma Chapman, How To Be a Good Wife

'A compellingly-paced and emotionally-absorbing debut novel... A wonderful read.”'

Annabel Harrison, The Kensington and Chelsea Magazine

'A remarkable talent! Highly addictive and acutely observed… unexpectedly poignant and really rather excellent.' 

Caroline Smailes, The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

'Kat Gordon's heart-piercing psychological drama marks her as a master of character and dialogue. This book is a stunner.' 

Carol Cassella, Oxygen and Gemini

'A perfect balance of light and shade with a cast of quirky, engaging and achingly real characters. A great debut.' 

Virginia MacGregor, What Milo Saw

'...a sheer pleasure to read. Flowing text, with an exceptional eye for characterisation, the pages skip by..." 


"...a neat, intriguing, and engaging story... pure poetry..." 

The Siren

"..an emotional rollercoaster but in the very best way..." 

Ramblings Magazine

"...beautifully written and most definitely a page turner..." 

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