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Diary of an Amateur Photographer: A Mystery [Hardcover]

Graham Rawle
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23 Oct 1998
When Gregory joins his local camera club, he decides to keep a diary to record his photographic achievements. Then he finds an old picture, which he is convinced is of an angel, and he is soon in the grip of an obsession. Could a newspaper cutting from 1959 be a clue to the angel's true identity?


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; First Edition edition (23 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330354868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330354868
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review by an Amateur Reader 11 Nov 2005
Format:Hardcover
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?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why so few novels? 2 Mar 2006
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Format:Hardcover
I went to a talk by Graham Rawle last night at the Picture House Centre for Photography in Leicester. The talk was every bit as entertaining as his books and the answer to the question "why doesn't he write more novels" is that it took him 5 years to produce his latest work "Woman's World". Not exactly a Grisham like output!! The book has to look right as well as be an entertaining read, otherwise it just wouldn't work. He has to both collect the cuttings and build the sets which become the photographs in the book. It all works extremely well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No. 8 Beauty Unadorned 30 Dec 2010
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Distinctly naughty in tone and hilarious throughout, this shows Graham Rawle at his very best as a pastiche-artiste and comic artist of the first order. Rawle draws, collates, collects, collages, creates, new from old and then he confiscates his curios into wonderful scenarios. Taking as his theme the photography club and its interest in the female form of the time, which usually came well supported by corsetry and tended to concentrate on stocking-tops and brassieres, he makes of this curious and relatively innocent period of glamour history a poised moment of utter lunatic madness. Our protagonist is Michael Whittingham, a young man of some means who joins a camera club. The mystery concerns a photograph of a man nailed, Michael thinks to the ceiling, though it is obviously the floor (the wallpaper needs only to be placed the right way up), looking, by virtue of the white chemist's coat he wears, like an angel.

It is all utterly fabulous. The rather hoity-toity tutor of the group, Alistair, hangs Michael's picture of next door's cat upside down, thinking it's a picture of a bird (understandable). Then there is Michael's theft of a Barbie doll and his photographs taken of the nubile Miss Collar from the local patisserie, not forgetting the unforgettable excerpts from Michael's reading matter `Len's Lust.'

But it is Michael's attempt to regain the print of his photograph "Look at what the Hound Found" which has been backed by a newspaper article giving another clue in the mystery of the angel `nailed to the ceiling,' during which he fatally alienates Alastair's wife and gets kicked out of the camera club. By then, he is convinced the police are watching the house and is spending most of his time in the garden shed.
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