Unhinged, over-whelming and brilliant
... Beauman has taste: his antennae are acutely tuned to the stylish and resonant. (Independent
A thoroughly enjoyable, playful read . . . The narrative hooks immediately, as does the language, which is often delightfully inventive. There are also surprisingly tender scenes that add depth and humour.
. . . Beauman has created a truly modern thriller that is as addictive as it is inventive.
)Beauman writes with panache
. (Daily Mail
is an inventive, supercharged
conspiracy thriller set in contemporary London with occasional forays to Burma and Iceland . . . Beauman is an admirably lean storyteller and the acrobatic plot flips time zones and swaps points of view with the frantic, fierce pace of a computer game. His hypnotic, dystopian portrait of an edgy, youthful London of pills, parties and pirate radio makes you long to be 20 and in the swim again. He's capable of startlingly economical lyricism
- a fox's tail is a 'bic flame' - and is able to capture observational detail with such skill that it can take your breath away. Glow is a fast-paced, slickly plotted conspiracy thriller written by a talented and energetic young writer.
(Melanie McGrath Evening Standard
)Exciting , engaging and most importantly, really fun to read
... effortless while also feeling sculpted with wonderful precision
A good novel needs to immediately lure you in, taking away any excuse to seek entertainment elsewhere. On this point Ned Beauman certainly rises to the occasion
...I can say, unequivocally, that Glow
may mess with your head, but it is also addictively good
. (The Times
Stuff so good is restores your faith in fiction
is also a thrillingly literary
book: every page offers sentences that are a pure pleasure
to read, rhythmic and witty, full of resonant variation. This is the real deal: no turgid lyricism here... Beauman is predictably excellent at managing the sinousities of his convoluted plot. But the real pleasure of Glow
is to be found, as with all Beaumans' work, in watching his lucid, informed intelligence at work on the page. Beauman is a prodigy; he can do everything a novelist needs to be able to do .. and he does it all with such style that it looks effortless
... It is the work of a writer who is already, at 29, something of a master
. What more can you ask for than that? (Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
It is worth taking a moment to celebrate Beauman's great originality and skill
... he is playful, arresting, unnerving, opulent, rude and - above all - deliciously, startlingly, exuberantly fresh
)Sexy and urgent
...an inventive supercharged conspiracy thriller... Beauman is an admirably lean storyteller
... He is capable of startlingly economical lyricism
and is able to capture observational detail with breathtaking skill
(Spectrum, Scotland on Sunday
is elevated to another level altogether by its brilliantly inventive narrative style... I can't recommend Glow enough.
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Complex themes are introduced not least tangents into neuroscience and Burmese history, but we are rarely disorientated for long. The twists when they come are unexpected and satisfying
It's exciting to witness someone mythologizing London with such brains and humour, shards of reality strung into something both synthetic and magical.
Beauman's writing is brilliantly funny and memorable
. He doesn't just have an eye for detail but also chooses just the right words to give his observations a surreal twist. (Express
Beauman's writing is extremely readable ... also interspersed with fantastic imagery and metaphor
that made me laugh out loud at times.... Wholeheartedly recommend!
As breathlessly engrossing
as any whodunnit. (Mr Hyde, Shortlist.com
)Describing a Ned Beauman novel is like describing a rainbow, or the smell of a garden after a rainstorm.
Yes, it's just light refracting and wet earth, but these prosy facts can never convey how beautiful, how utterly evocative they are . . . A Ned Beauman novel is a bit like a conversation with the most intellectually curious person you'll ever meet, but not the kind you'd slowly edge away from at parties . . . Just be warned: one Ned Beauman novel will lead inexorably down a rabbit hole of immediately gobbling up his other two. Tell your friends you'll be offline for a while.
Beauman's writing is dazzlingly inventive. (The Times
I love Ned Beauman's novels. (Philip Hensher
A singular and almost recklessly gifted, young writer. (Time
Seriously intelligent and seriously funny at the same time. (Daily Telegraph
A promising voice for the future of the written word and a force to be acknowledged in the here and now. (Dazed & Confused
Gobsmackingly clever (Vanity Fair
Undoubtedly a writer of prodigious talent (Financial Times