Loosely set around an enormous shopping complex, this novel delivers an array of different characters. Each is well-drawn and covers an impressive range, from an aging chanteuse to a shady ex-secret service agent. My favourites are Jimmy Patel, the washed-up cricketer and Peter Jones; a lifestyle journalist who writes ironic articles on consumer products, only to be brought to realise his own baser needs in the very temple of consumerism itself. These diverse voices add up to a narrative that is not comforting us with the unbreakable human spirit but taking aim at modern Britain. Impressive and well-written, this is right on the money. Clearwater intrigued me, made me smile, entertained me and made me think. Recommended.