A L Gordon
Andrew L Gordon
Andrew was born and brought up in a castle in the Scottish Highlands. After school at Eton College and an M.A. in English at St. Andrews University he moved to London to work for an arts-based PR consultancy, then as Director of a Film Locations Agency which specialized in the promotion of country houses and their surroundings as film venues.
A Diploma in Rural Estate Management led him back north, to Edinburgh, where he became an A.R.I.C.S. qualified Land Agent and Director of a property development company. Here, his passion for writing began to develop in the form of theatre, comedy, film, art, video and restaurant reviews for national and regional newspapers and magazines.
Recently, Andrew gained another Diploma at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and is currently setting up a Landscape Design business based in Yorkshire. He has three sons: Fergus, Freddy and Felix.
“The Venturi Effect” is Andrew’s first novel. A second, entitled “Jack Donne’s Island” is underway.
‘Rich, dense and lathered in knowing pop-culture references, The Venturi Effect plays like Brideshead Revisited reworked by Iain Banks. It’s a caustic and often funny book which belongs firmly in the literate, questioning tradition of John Fowles.’ ~ Eddie Harrison, The LIST
‘Andrew Linzee Gordon is not afraid to tackle the big questions. And for any man who has ever been obsessively in love with a beautiful woman, this novel is for you.’ ~ Rowan Pelling, 2004 Man Booker Prize JUDGE
‘Vivid, cerebral.’ ~ THE TIMES
‘Ian McEwan immediately springs to mind … This is a writer who can write and has something to say … reminds me of the best writing of Iain Banks.’ ~ Golgonooza
‘An impressive piece of work … original, imaginative, well crafted, funny and affecting by turns.’ ~ Martin Ouvry, The Literary Consultancy
‘… writes with great confidence, vigour and creative energy … modern, hip and edgy.’ ~ Cornerstones
‘Elegant, thoughtful, clever, very readable and highly original.’ ~ John Paxton Sheriff, Writers’ News
The Venturi Effect
After you die it takes seven years for you to go to Heaven. Give or take the odd minute or two.
This girl I loved told me that, seven years ago, just before she went and topped herself.
Now I’m praying for her sake that it’s true.
So begins Thomas, The Venturi Effect’s faithless narrator, who is lying face-up, freezing and abandoned on the wind-swept tower of a Scottish castle. In his hand is a telescope, with which he hopes to discover, in a minute or two, the truth about his girlfriend’s salvation…
Powerful and disturbing, this astonishing first novel leads you on a compelling and thought-provoking journey, on the trail of God’s footprints, towards love, loss and letting go.