The Ascent of Isaac Steward
The Ascent of Isaac Steward is my first novel published by Cauliay Publishing June 2011.
The book follows Isaac Steward as he struggles to deal with the resurfacing of a suppressed memory.
Isaac becomes increasingly dysfunctional and delusional as the story unfolds bringing into play childhood memories of a Punch and Judy show and the revelation from his half-brother, Ishmael, that he must be brought to a tree from his father’s wood called The Dandelion Tree.
To help him, Isaac slips in and out of being Major Tom Donaldson, an SAS commander fashioned by his mind to help him regress back to a time of naiveté and happiness. But Donaldson brings only death and violence and Isaac struggles to keep a grip on reality as he descends into his mind.
"Moving and lyrical, original and hypnotic—Mike French’s The Ascent of Isaac Steward is 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