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This is a two-part submission. The first, an exegesis, sets my creative work in a literary, social, temporal and stylistic context. The second, main part of this submission is a draft of the first twenty-eight chapters of a thirty-five-chapter novel, with the working title The Answers, which I have written over the last year. The exegesis explores issues such as genre, important authorial influences, such as the expatriate experience, along with authorial intention and how this intention differs from the resulting manuscript. The novel is set in London, from the point-of-view of Ernest Shaw, a twenty-nine year old man with a somewhat dysfunctional and naive personality, who sets out to leave London in search of a new life. It is a story about truth, memory and connections, having nothing and having everything, and the elusive happiness that lies somewhere in between.