Graham Rawles mystery novel "Journal of an Amateur Photographer" is altogether a different type of mystery novel to any that I have ever read. Most remarkable is its presentation. Opening the pages of this slim hardback volume, the reader is confronted with collaged pages of type-writer narrative, cuttings from magazines, photographs, and mundane material objects such as staples and paperclips. Although this book is printed, the design of each page gives the impression that you are reading a unique version, particularly as the supposedly odd-sized pages give the impression of depth by allowing you to read the pages behind them.
The narrative itself (which is in no way weak despite the clear presentational emphasis) is accessible to all types of readers from the literary student to those who just pick up the occasional book for pleasure. The quirky, perhaps paranoid and delusional, narrator uncovers a murder mystery when he buys a second hand camera, discovering a photo of a dead man on the roll of film inside. Taking this as a sign specifically for him, he attempts to solve the murder, giving the narrative a pacey edge accompanied by amusing asides and character details that I couldn't help but giggle aloud at in my office!
All in all, this was a fun, thoroughly enjoyable book that has prompted me to check out his latest novel "Woman's World" and leaves me uttering, "Why hasn't Graham Rawle produced any more novels?"