Peter Mortimer reading from his novella, 'Uninvited'

Peter Mortimer reading at the launch of his novella, Uninvited. Photo © David Hirst

Uninvited - a novella by Peter Mortimer

A solitary and private man arrives home to find an uninvited stranger in his house. Over a 40 hour period, despite various attempts, the man is unable to get rid of the stranger, who increasingly becomes a threat to the man's routine, and his mental wellbeing. In the final chapter of a claustrophobic and darkly humorous novella, the book takes an unexpected turn.

Uninvited has been forty years in the making - which Peter calculates is an average of a word and a half per day. Now at last it is complete, and available from Red Squirrel Press.

Uninvited on stage

'Uninvited', August 2012, Bedlam Theatre

Uninvited was adapted as a stage play and directed by Josh Roche for Fat Git Theatre Company. It played at the Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh for the duration of the 2012 Festival, and transfered in September to the New Diorama Theatre, London, with a further performance at the Redbridge Drama Centre on September 12th.

"A wonderfully absurd piece of tragicomedy which asks questions about the public and private self"

Stage Won

"This is a fantastical, highly polished and professional play, worthy of attention at this year's Fringe."

Three Weeks

"Fat Git have created a quaint tragic love story that has an authentic aura of originality and suspense"

The Skinny

"Prepare to be entertained, disgusted and positively perplexed"

Edinburgh Evening News

Dan Hutton reviewed a preview of Uninvited and concluded "Fat Git were a hot ticket at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, and there's no doubt they're on a course for the same trajectory this year. In less than a year, the company's style has matured in a way which has begun to best use the grotesque to inform a narrative. It's also thrilling to find yourself thinking about the play for a long time afterwards, for though I found myself in a state of perpetual laughter, Uninvited also does an impressive job of challenging and redefining our expectations."

In other reviews of the Edinburgh Fringe performances Claire Dalling says: "Josh Goulding leads a flawless cast of young talents whose constant focus and energy make this an incredibly intense experience." Emma Yandle concludes: "Although I left feeling oddly upbeat, the more I thought it over it was actually an incredibly astute way of visualizing a man's breakdown. A surreal, sweet and sad look into a life that is at once vivid and terribly small, it's the sort of theatre you want to see at the Fringe and I'd definitely recommend booking a ticket."