Fourteen years ago Michael Ardenne dazzled the world with a brilliant debut that won him the Booker prize. Since then, there’s been nothing but false starts, character sketches and dead ends. His wife Tanya has issued an ultimatum: get a job or get a divorce. Instead he steals a manuscript he discovers in his agent’s slush-pile, a brilliant novelized diary of a serial killer’s rampage. It’s a hit, the perks of fame are his again until the real author comes calling. Slushpile is the tragi-comedy of a literary man who had it all and squandered it, but will do anything to get the glory back.