What can I say about this book? It's simply mindblowing. Best book I've read in years. Almost painfully insightful,seductive, at times shockingly(but enjoyably)saucy (be prepared!!), with an ending so full of pathos, I actually cried. Loved the character of Charlie Bain, charming but deeply, deeply flawed. It is a testament to the power of the writing that I came away from it feeling more sorry for Charlie than anyone else in the whole book. He clearly knows he's going to hell in a hand cart but seems powerless to stop it.
Very different from Boyracers and Adam Spark (although they were both excellent too). Easier to read than them in many ways as written in more "standard" English. Loved the mixing of typefaces and writing styles, particularly the "screen play" parts. Would make an excellent film/TV/play adaptation if anyone out there is listening.
Was privileged to meet the author at a book launch recently. He read from the book and is clearly also a talented actor/performer. Lovely guy, too. By the way, I also recommend you listen to the tracks mentioned in the book - most are available on Amazon MP3 download. Terrific music and brilliantly appropriate.