More Trees To Climb

Ben Moor

Published: 6 April 2009
Paperback, 168x125
125x168mm, 128 pages
ISBN: 9781846271984


Love, loss and competitive tree-climbing are preoccupying the hero of 'Coelacanth'. This is a boy-meets-girl story with a twist, a tumble, several daring somersaults from the branches, and the discovery that love - like the coelacanth fish that was thought to be extinct - can lurk in the very darkest depths. In 'Not Everything Is Significant', we meet a biographer who is suffering from writers' block and a footnoter who is a stickler for detail - together they're pondering the meaning of a diary that arrived mysteriously through the post and which appears to predict the future, prompting some very tricky questions about the nature of destiny. Finally, in 'Supercollider for the Family' a husband and wife each face a challenge: he to build a 'supercollider' small enough for household use, she to complete a tightrope walk around the world. Their missions take us from a top-secret particle-physics lab deep underground to the vertiginous heights of a wire above a canyon, suspended like a slender silver thread between soil and sky. Originally written for stage performance, laced with wit and bursting with imagination, these three disarming creations work a dazzling, moving magic on the page.

About the author

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Ben Moor is an actor, writer and comedian and a stalwart of the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2006 he appeared in Lasse Hallstrom's movie of Casanova, alongside Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons. TV appearances include Knowing Me, Knowing You and Men Behaving Badly. Among his numerous radio credits, he wrote and acted in two series of the sci-fi comedy Undone on BBC7. This is his first book. More about the author


‘[If] Woody Allen-esque absurdism floats your boat, then you'll lap up More Trees to ClimbRoger Cox



‘A bizarre and funny meditation on physics, secret organisations and tightrope walking. The pieces work well on the page, with their philosophical musings, witty asides and bad puns, and are essential reading for fans of the surreal’ Ruth Hunter

‘Bizarre, fantastical and deeply amusing ... Moor transports us with three unique narratives to a world of surreal humour, childish fun and at times even tender warmth ... Wonderfully introduced by Stewart Lee, who manages to evoke quite a few titters himself in the small space afforded him, these remarkable tales are hugely entertaining’ Rhodri Mogford

‘Delightfully funny, clever but not smartass. Also very, very wise’

‘Dotty, very funny and packed with all kinds of barmy aphorisms and asides’ Kate Saunders

‘Droll, sensitive, madly punning and suffused with a slow sadness that, weirdly, can be rather uplifting’ Colin Waters

‘In their small space, these stories reflect on larger truths, reading like comic morality tales about the frustrations of love and work; that what goes around doesn't always come around; how failures might be turned into success; and about keeping our footing while those around us fall’ Anita Sethi

‘It is Moor's pleasure in the telling of fables, [his] magic realist's delight in the bizarre coupled with a host of garlicky puns, curlicues and tangents that entices and enthrals ... a truly gifted storyteller’

‘Moor is a genuine original, and his gently whimsical narrative monologues, spiralling off into clouds of fantasy before descending sadly to the imperfections of Planet Earth, can be strongly recommended to all fans of Ken Campbell, Steve Martin or Garrison Keillor’

‘Small but perfectly formed ... The combination of deceptively simple truths and seemingly incomprehensible events or actions works to unsettle and reassure, all at once’ Lesley McDowell

‘Sweet, wise and at times touching’ Rosalie Doubal

‘These are stories to sweeten your day while making it just that little bit stranger’ Claire Allfree

‘Warm, witty and mind-bogglingly brilliant’

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