Each Day Small Victory
by Chips Hardy
Each Day A Small Victory is a novel for adults, and a dark one at that – after all it is Rural Noir – it is also illustrated with some wonderfully evocative images by Oscar Grillo.
Each Day a Small Victory contains dateline dispatches from what to passing motorists is a lay-by on an English country road but to the indigenous inhabitants is more like a war zone.
These monthly bulletins of a furred and fanged community describe how they survive with and on each other, recording the differing threats and triumphs that the year brings and the resilience, patience and humour required to get through it.
“All Quiet on the Western Front – with fur!”
Each Day a Small Victory portrays in unfettered language all the drama, beleaguered optimism, muttered jokes and clenched terror that inform the survival and otherwise of its wide cast of characters. Most of them looking over their shoulders. All of them on borrowed time.
How they manage to live alongside each other and how they do it right next to a busy and indifferent human world is a day to day struggle with an entirely different perspective to ours. It’s a struggle constructed of hope, chaos, violence and all kinds of surprises. Some of them pleasant. Most of them lethal.
Jake Arnott describes the book as “Pulp Fiction meets Wind in the Willows.”
Robert Lindsay enjoyed reading Each Day A Small Victory so much that he very kindly agreed to record the July chapter: Keeping Death Off the Road to help promote the book.
To listen to Max’s midsummer mayhem click here:
About the author:
Chips Hardy is a British Comedy Award winner and has produced and written for television and the theatre. He was born in 1950 in Ealing, London. He went to Cambridge, and threw himself into The Very Modern Novel, Situationism and other more established university theatricals. In 1972 he flirted with BBC Drama and subsequently veered off, temporarily into advertising. He is now international Creative Director for JWT. Hardy has recently signed a Hollywood contract for ‘Acts of Charity’. A play, Blue on Blue, is being showcased at the Latchmere Theatre by Shotgun soon to go national.
About the illustrator:
Oscar Grillo is a world-renowned illustrator and animator. He won a Palme D’Or at Cannes for Seaside Woman and had a role in visual development for Monsters, Inc. and as animation consultant for Men in Black. He was born in Buenos Aires and lives and works in London.