What we have here is not a novel or a "novelization" but rather, the screenplay for the brilliant BBC Television presentation of "The Singing Detective." If you have never read a screenplay, this may not be the place to begin, for even viewing this work as a multi-part series is challenging (in a good way) to the audience. However, if you are familiar with screenplays or you've seen this magnificent production starring Michael Gambon then you are in for a real treat.
Dennis Potter's story is about an author in a London hospital ward, nearly paralyzed by arthritis and psoriasis. Like Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel, Marlow drifts between the present and the past, reality and fantasy. Marlow weaves the elements of his own life with that of the cheap, dime-store detective in his pulp fiction novels. The result is truly extraordinary.
Although currently out of print, copies are available at surprisingly good prices.