Risk by Stead
As a Kiwi who spent much of the end of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries living in the South of England before my return down under and being particularly interested in the whole concept of risk in our lives, it is not surprising that I downloaded Dr Stead's book as soon as it was available on the 27th of Sept. I read it straight through in three days.
It is an excellent story of people, events, and locations covering the lead into and culmination of the Iraq war as seen through the characters that Stead draws and articulates with his usual skill and panache. The story then carries on to the events of the banking crash of 2007/2008.
This is a novel particularly about people, their lives and loves, successes and disapointments together with a big spoonful of intrigue and financial skulduggery which adds colour to the characters, be they English, Croatian, Hungarian or other ethnicities. Sam, a Kiwi re-visiting the London of his early adventures on his OE (overseas experience), meets many people, not least someone who Sam did not expect but who gave him much joy.
Dr Stead describes the locations in France, Paris, Berlin, the US, and of course his wanderings around London, with the knowledge of someone familiar with these places.
The story is filled with sadness, happiness, fun, poignancy, humour and sexual encounters both casual and serious.
A terrific read and must buy.