Blackpool Vanishes (novel), (London: Faber, 1979; London: Panther, 1980 [pb]; London: Fontana Flamingo, 1988 [pb]).
Blackpool has been visited for years by tiny beings in flying saucers so small they are mistaken for spots before the eyes, invaders from inner rather than outer space. Only one local resident realises what’s going on and his reports, couched in verse, are not taken seriously by the Alien Beings Section of the Foreign Office until too late, when the whole resort is suddenly whisked away.
“Logic is stood on its head in the tradition of Swift.” (Financial Times) “This is mainstream literature . . . A smooth blend of satire, poetry and real imagination.” (Time Out)