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Clapham Lights [Kindle Edition]

Tom Canty
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Craig Tennant hates his job as an estate agent, loves a girl who has a boyfriend and lives in a London flat he can't afford with a university friend he wishes he'd never met. That friend is Mark Hunter, an inept corporate fantasist whose bank balance is shrinking as fast as his waistline expands. With economic meltdown looming, Craig is forced to reassess who he is and who he wants to be, but can he escape his dead-end career, tell the girl how he feels and save himself and Mark from financial ruin? Clapham Lights is a hilarious portrayal of two young men's attempts to find professional and personal success, a book about doomed relationships and redemption which brilliantly captures life in Noughties Britain. An outstanding first novel, Clapham Lights is the funniest and sharpest read of the year.

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About the Author

Tom Canty was born in Dartford, Kent in 1981 and attended Dartford Grammar School and the University of East Anglia. Clapham Lights is his first novel. He lives in London.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 655 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Silvertail Books (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2UORJQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom was born in Dartford, Kent in 1981 and attended Dartford Grammar School before studying English at the University of East Anglia.

He worked in London as a copywriter before going freelance and writing Clapham Lights, his first novel. He is currently working on his second novel and co-writing a sitcom.

He lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely stuff 15 May 2013
Format:Paperback
As an East Anglian that moved to London in 2008 and now lives in Clapham, I thought this book would be right up my alley. And I wasn't wrong.

Clapham Lights is a very funny and accessible read that I ripped through in a few days. Some of the smaller details about being a young, urban male getting a foothold in London are very evocative and can only have been written by someone who has lived the experience.

The novel reminded me of the reckless younger brother of John Lanchester's excellent 'Capital'.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended. 20 May 2013
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I bought this after reading an article in the Telegraph ([...]). I wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoyed the dry humour and the way it captures an era. Like many others, I'd been told that a University degree was a 'meal ticket for life', so was unprepared for recession, joblessness and debt when I graduated. Like Mark and Craig, my response was to take a rubbish job, party on regardless and wait for the whole thing to 'blow over'. The book describes this era with a level of detail and humour that can only come from first-hand experience. Ultimately though, the recession could no longer be ignored and this is illustrated in a heart-pounding climax, which is so powerful because you feel like you know Craig and Mark as friends. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you are between 20 and 35 and have lived in London, then you'll probably love this book. It's a great parody of the lifestyle and characters that you'd have encountered over the last few years in the capital.

The story centres around Mark, a confident yet incompetent low-level employee in the financial sector - and his house mate, Craig, an estate agent struggling to make a sale. Largely thanks to the recession and his hapless ego-maniac boss.

The book follows their adventures in money, women, and booze. With most of the results coming in the latter category. The dialogue is sharp and funny, and the satirical slant on companies, the media, and celebrities is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny at times.

Whilst it's a comedy novel, the author still managers to weave a compelling story and make you care about the characters all the way to the finale.

This is a book I will read again, and I don't say that often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read a real page turner 11 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Have just finished Clapham Lights and I can certainly recommend it to anyone who wants a good laugh and a really enjoyable read. There were certainly some laugh out loud moments, especially the job interview. Can't wait to see what happens to Mark and Craig next. Let's hope that Tom Canty keeps writing like this and if he does I for one will certainly be a follower
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 11 May 2013
By Annaigg
Format:Paperback
Clapham Lights was recommended to me by a colleague and I wouldn't hesitate to pass on the recommendation. I even had to find a quiet room at work to hide in to finish the last two chapters because I couldn't wait until the end of the day! Set as the British economy first begins to meltdown (think back to when we first heard that term credit crunch - did we think they'd still be going on about it this many years later?) the benefit of hindsight afforded to the reader makes the various predicaments the main characters get in to even funnier. The way the writer recalls little details about the mid-late noughties in London is really evocative and in this sense reminded me of David Nicholls' One Day. This book is a great read for anyone who wants to laugh out loud at a story of drunken nights, crappy jobs and delusions of grandeur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out Loud! 28 May 2013
Format:Paperback
A fantastic read that literally had me laughing out loud on my commute to work! The writer combines a brilliant dry sense of humour with a sense of irony yet still creates characters that you come to care about. With the benefit of hindsight the writers portrayal of the 'credit crunch' is funny yet poignant.

I finished this book wishing I could know more about what happens to Craig and Mark, and I really hope a sequel is being penned!!

I would recommend this book to anyone who has experienced life in the city after university as it will certainly have you reminiscing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic, funny read 6 May 2013
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Clapham Lights is the story of an estate agent and a city boy in their 20s who live in London on the verge of the credit crunch. The antics of the two main characters really had me laughing out loud and cringing at points - everyone knows a Mark or Craig and will recognise their traits! Clapham Lights is very readable and well observed and unlike some comic novels I’ve read which have lacked substance, this book had me laughing one minute and feeling very empathetic the next. A fantastic, funny read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun - recent graduates take note! 20 May 2013
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I suspect there are some more acerbic novels to come from Tom Canty as his observations of modern city life find their target, but this first is just good fun! There is something of a male Bridget Jones about his leading characters whose blundering through pre credit squeeze London life is neither innocent nor blameworthy. Bankers and Estate Agents are easy but amusing targets, with recruitment agencies faring no better.

Today's graduates take note - it's certainly no easier out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel.. looking forward to more from this talented new...
This is the first book by Tom Canty and I read it as a result of recommendations. Although, not my normal “read”, I really enjoyed both the story and the style of writing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Really enjoyed this novel and a cracking debut. My typical type of novel that I enjoy is the likes of Nick Hornby, Mark Watson, Tony Parsons and Ben Elton and I've been looking to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Clive
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
After a slow start and a very unlikeable main character this starts to get in its stride half way through. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mt b r thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality read...made me laugh out loud. People started looking....
Downloaded this to my kindle for holiday and I powered through it in 2 days. It made me laugh out loud loads of times, at points waking my girlfriend up from sunbathing! Read more
Published on 24 July 2013 by MR A J ROWLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, light-hearted read
A witty account of post-university, pre-crisis (credit, that is) life in SW London. A well written book, with realistic characters, it took me back to my early to mid-20s and... Read more
Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by JoeDowney
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who lived in Clapham - actually just London...
Really enjoyed this book. Very easy to read but well written too. Had lots of fun spotting the London places mentioned in the book! And loved the characters. Read more
Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by Hellyroo
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel
Very amusing - many laugh out loud moments. Characters well drawn and likeable. It reminded me of a modern day 'Likely Lads ', a comedy from the 70s.
Published on 2 Jun. 2013 by Martha
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read.
I read Clapham Lights in just a few sittings and thought it really captured both the spirit and sense of place of crash-era London - a world of brash bankers, dodgy estate agents,... Read more
Published on 2 Jun. 2013 by TheEarlGray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel from Tom Canty
Firstly and most importantly, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is funny, sweet and insightful. Read more
Published on 29 May 2013 by KnitKnut
5.0 out of 5 stars Temporarily kicked my TV habit with this book!
A good page turner - I was hooked from the first chapter. Looking forward to the next book by Tom Canty.
Published on 27 May 2013 by Sally
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