Not a Solitary Game

Rome – ink on paper: Gavin Jones

‘Life A User’s Manual’ by Georges Perec

“From this, one can make a deduction which is quite certainly the ultimate truth of jigsaw puzzles: despite appearances, puzzling is not a solitary game. Every move the puzzler makes, the puzzlemaker has made before. Every piece the puzzler picks up, and picks up again, and studies and strokes, every combination he tries, and tries a second time, every blunder and every insight, each hope and each discouragement have all been designed, calculated, and decided by the other.”

For a video poem, at least partly inspired by Georges Perec’s writing, click on the link HERE

This is an image/quote post, intended to provide background to the novel ‘Unfinished Paintings’ (released 25 June). If you wish to order a signed copy, email me on

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