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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447235681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447235682
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Astonishingly expansive, hilarious and heartbreakingly dark' Julie Myerson, Observer, Best Holiday Reads 2013

'Mark Lawson’s dark social satire on the British upper middle classes, skewers with precision this group of rich professionals who have grown fat and well-holidayed during the New Labour boom years but are now coming to a crunch point . . . Lawson’s skill is to make his characters believable and, despite their odiousness, to make us care about them and their (possibly terrible) fate.’

' Financial Times



‘Mark Lawson writes with a forensic eye for detail, exposing the foibles of his characters with scalpel-like precision. A wonderful, bitingly satirical, achingly true, warts and all portrait of modern middle-class England – and a true shocker of an ending’ Peter James

'A wickedly witty snapshot of contemporary life' Cambridge News

'Sharp and very funny . . . wonderfully vivid and detailed' Guardian

'A cleverly constructed crime novel that's really a dark comedy of social observation and satire.' Choice Magazine

'a wickedly witty snapshot of contemporary life.' Irish Examiner

'sharply observed and blackly funny' Metro Scotland

'Mark Lawson’s bleak satire on England’s new aristocracy pulls no punches' Observer

'packed with superbly sharp observation' Sunday Times

'written with panache' The Times (Saturday Review)

ambitious, relevant, brave and full of humour and heart (Julie Myerson, Books of the Year Observer)

a biting satire which skewers the moneyed classes while throwing them the occasional sliver of sympathy. We know from the start that the father from one of four wealthy families from the same idyllic village has massacre his wife and offspring and then himself, but Lawson takes us through several hundred gripping, intricately plotted pages before we find out 'whodunnit' (Annual Books Round-Up 2013 guardian)

The dialogue is good, the social comedy of manners is excellent . . . both fluent and funny . . . it is sharply written and astutely observed. This is an amusing and at times hilarious novel . . . The conclusion is moving, even redemptive . . . The Deaths is memorable and enjoyable (Novel of the Week The Tablet)

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'Excellent . . . This is an amusing and at times hilarious novel' Tablet

Four families live in a beautiful stretch of English countryside in magnificent houses. They leave only to commute first-class to London for meetings, deals and theatre outings, or on family holidays to winter sun or half-term skiing. They are the new aristocracy and the elite of their village: financiers, business tycoons, lawyers, doctors, magistrates. They seem to have it all.

But the money is running out in Britain and keeping up appearances isn't easy. As tensions and relationships develop within this group of friends, an unthinkable act of violence destroys these dream lives. This horrific act opens the book, but 'Lawson takes us through several hundred gripping, intricately plotted pages before we find out "whodunnit".' (Guardian)

The Deaths is a dark and brilliant social comedy about how the other half live - or how they pretend to.

'Superbly sharp' Sunday Times

'A wonderful, bitingly satirical, achingly true, warts and all portrait of modern middle-class England - and a true shocker of an ending' Peter James

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ariadne Aufnaxos on 4 Oct. 2013
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Very readable, well observed, satirically presented middle England social landscape, opened up by the act of violence which provides the plot. The 'depth' is in the social observation, highlighted by satirical distortion which sometimes verges on the absurd to portray the superficial and temporal nature of the comfortable affluence of a small cocoon in the Home Counties. This is not a Scandinavian thriller - the characters are caricatures as indeed is the social and economic context - but it pivots around the crime to provoke some (unanswered) questions about the 'something rotten' in contemporary times and mores. It is perhaps slightly longer than it should be but the story moves fast enough to want to get to the end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2013
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The Deaths by Mark Lawson

First! In a genuine attempt to be helpful I am going to offer up a cast list for you - something that is missing from the book and very sorely needed. (I got a quarter of the way in without untangling these awfully similar folk.) This list can be found in the comments section below, as I don't want to publish any spoilers or irritate readers who prefer to find out for themselves.

As to the story, well I assure you it is worth the effort of being introduced to the large cast. Totally up to the minute observations, preoccupations and attitudes. Twitter, Blackberry, iphone, mac books, posh coffee, flu pandemics fear, group pre Christmas shopping trips to Marrakesh, lady vicars, it's all in here.

There is a whiff of `A Casual Vacancy' blowing through it, as this follows similar themes of keeping up pretences, minor aspirations to be more like others around you than is possible, and insincere friendships, associations.

I was horribly gripped by the story, and carried my kindle around until it was done and dusted. It was helpful to keep a notepad to hand. Predicting who would do what and when became a puzzle worthy of a crossword compiler.

Embarrassingly, I thoroughly enjoyed the ghastly `Shaudenfraude' element. I recognised the characters, who are perhaps caricatures, but still struck me as familiar. And, the true test of a good book, all the hours that we were separated, I was wistfully yearning to get back to `The Deaths'...

Great work, Mark Lawson, shame about some of the typos and mistakes but it raced along with me chasing behind. I shall be more observant of the people who use First Class rail travel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Onegin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2013
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Rural Buckinghamshire in the British winter of 2011-2012. A driver making a delivery of exotic and expensive coffee pellets discovers a family who have been shot in cold blood. From this simple if dramatic opening, Mark Lawson fashions a hugely enjoyable exploration of the lives of the super affluent in modern Britain in all their arrogance. The book focuses on the life of four couples, all apparently hugely wealthy who consider a Land Rover Discovery with more than 10,000 miles on the clock worn out and would never dream of traveling second class in their morning Virgin Pendolino into London. One of the great strengths of this book is that really Lawson really knows his quarry: from their I Phone-derived English to their supermarket snobbery. There are many memorable scenes where the curious obsessions of the modern Briton of a certain type are wonderfully exposed my personal favourite when they go to the theatre to see a play which is then discussed in terms of which TV series the main actors have appeared in-a very sharp take on a thousand conversations you can hear in foyers up and down the country. As the novel unfolds we learn more and more of the complex and often illusory lives of the supposedly super happy eight and Lawson cleverly shifts the mood of the book from black comedy to an increasingly serious examination of how money and a craving for status can destroy lives. It is quite late in the book before we learn the identity of the dead family so the book can read like a thriller, but this is not really that kind of piece being a serious meditation of the state of Britain today post recession and with 24 hour media reporting every detail of the tragedy blow by blow.Strongly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2013
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The setting is a beautiful Berkshire village, a commuter village, on the London trainline. The characters are 'The Eight'; four couples who live with their assorted children and dogs in four wonderful houses. Houses that were built originally for the old aristocracy and have now been renovated and modernised to be occupied by the new elite. Bankers, financiers, doctors, lawyers, successful business people - these are the people that are reaping the rewards of the boom years. Seats in the first-class carriages on the daily commute, short breaks to Marrakesh and designer coffee - these are the important things in their lives. But things are changing in Britain, businesses are crumbling, the recession is hitting hard, how long can The Eight keep up their lifestyles, how long can they hide their problems from each other?

A terrible act of violence happens within the first few pages. One of the families is wiped out, a murder-suicide - the father kills his entire family. The mystery that the reader is faced with is which one of The Eight is no more? Mark Lawson has created an extremely clever, fairly complicated story here, but a story that is so compelling that despite the obnoxious characters, who I will admit that I hated from page one, it becomes one of those 'can't put down' books as the emotional fragilities and hidden secrets of each family is uncovered.

The world of designer coffee is central to this story. The reader is introduced to Jason, a delivery driver for CappuccinGo - an up-market drinks company who deliver their special coffee capsules to the new aristocracy. Jason has his own views about The Eight - they provide his living and he's grateful, but to him, this upper-class obsession with posh hot drinks is a real sign of the times.
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