A remarkable and haunting first novel, this is a debut from an original voice that really stands out from the crowd.In 1983, an ordinary teenager called Daniel Rathbone fell in love, spurned a friend, and stumbled on the ability to see in the dark. On his twenty-fifth birthday, Daniel is bequeathed a second no less unusual gift-a Victorian writing box, or "slope", the legacy of his father and the repository both of youthful ambition and of a dimly perceived guilt. The box is opened, but its contents resist interpretation.When a visit from the once-spurned friend, Carey Schumacher, coincides with the death of a contemporary, Daniel's peculiar endowments are enlisted to make lasting sense of lost time and place. From Bath to Brixton, from the 1960s to the 90s, "The Oversight" follows a trail of thwarted and victorious affections. It is an intently comic tale of vision and delusion; of family, friendship and desertion; and of the divisively cruel need to belong. A multi-layered debut of distinction.