The Pleasure Dome

The Pleasure Dome

by Michael James

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 13/11/2013

Two young men and their partners arrive on foot one night in Newhaven, a fishing port of 2500 people. They find a no-account little town in dire distress, reeling under a combination of economic decline and the activities of the Pleasure Dome. A torment and a magnet in equal parts, the Pleasure Dome is a hostelry, restaurant, disco, casino, fantasy bar, sauna and brothel all under one roof. It has taken a while to get where it is, but now it's a fixture. At their first stop, a bar, the newcomers meet a local institution, a former barrister who coaxes them into settling on a deserted offshore island. They start renovating the ruined homes of long-gone fishing families, and are soon hooked by their new-found maritime paradise. Then things start to shake loose. The first tremor is an accident; the New Islanders find a skeleton in an unmarked grave and uncover an age-old killing. The second is fortuitous; they catch an Atlantic halibut, a symbol of the town's origins. The third sets them on a collision course with the Pleasure Dome and its owner. They rescue from the sea the ravaged body of a local girl who worked there, and it makes them local heroes. Step by step, the stakes ratchet up. It becomes clear they have to find a solution to the Dome's escalating threat, one which will shape their future and the town's.
Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Tyne Green
Country of origin:
United States
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Michael James

Michael James grew up in Penzance, West Cornwall. He moved to London at the age of 18 and worked at the five-star Selsdon Park Hotel before joining Tom Aikens at the two-Michelin star restaurant Pied-a-Terre.

It was here he met his Australian wife Pippa. After moving to Sydney in 2004, he had the opportunity to work and learn with Dave McGuinness and Paul Allam at Bourke Street Bakery.

This job was the start of his baking career, and he has never looked back.

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