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The Last Weekend [Kindle Edition]

Blake Morrison
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Review

A seriously good novel and deserves to overtake a few more loudly trumpeted false favourites in the popularity stakes.
--The Lady

an insidiously gripping tale
--Country Life

`gripping...a masterpiece of pacing and revelation' --Irish Times

"a compelling thriller" --Metro

"a terrific thriller, a page-turner of impressive
literary skill"
--Sunday Business Post

`a compelling psychological thriller that, in parts, will cause you to actually flinch' -- Metro

`Morrison's Last Weekend is delightfully twisted' -- Esquire

'This is one achievement among several for Blake Morrison, who has written a novel that is artful and naturalistic...' -- TLS

`the story is beautifully crafted, astutely observed and peopled with believable characters.' -- Sunday Telegraph

`Morrison handles the elements of his novel with impeccable control'
-- Observer

"The fascination is horrible, the prose addictive, the situation magnificently claustrophobic, the denouement shocking" -- Glasgow Herald

"This is a suspenseful thriller, but more importantly it succeeds as an exceedingly clever investigation into the strangeness of lies" -- Independent on Sunday

'In short, magnificently awful'
--The Herald

`It is the assuredness of Morrison's portrayal of Ian's descent which makes The Last Weekend compelling ' -- The Independent

Creepy, compelling, but often extremely funny. Blake Morrison has inhabited the world of a deeply flawed character with unforgettable results. -- Financial Times, Mark Bostridge

His truly sensational latest novel, which places him at the forefront of British novelists writing today. -- Sunday Express, review

Tautly written and tightly structured, this is a novel that explores jealousy, rivalry, deceit and manipulation. --The Mail on Sunday

It's a page-turner: creepy, and uncomfortably close to home. --The Observer The Observer

Book Description

Set over a long weekend in East Anglia, Blake Morrison's new novel is a taut, atmospheric, brilliantly chilling story of a rivalrous friendship and of the green-eyed monster that eats the soul.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (6 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JFKPYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally compelling 22 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There is definately the touch of the Ian McEwan about this book. Like the other author, the prose is extremely well written and the narrative so exciting that it was really difficult to put this book down. Like McEwan, Morrison has the knack of unsettling you and I hurtled through the pages as I was anxious to discover what exactly happened to the characters in the end, even though none were particularly sympathetic - the narrator being particularly cringe-worthy.

The story concerns two couple who are reunited for a Bank Holiday weekend on the East coast with the two male characters being old friends from university. What I loved about the story was how the author managed to get right inside the head of his principle creation and conjure situations where we eventually start to realise that things aren't exactly what they seem. In the beginning we are offered glimpses of the main character's past and, one by one, these start to piece together into the jigsaw of the main thread of the novel, only that the picture we are trying to put together might not necessarily be the one that we had started off with. Consequently, the story becomes increasingly more exciting as the clues start to fit together and the last thirty or so pages had to be finished off late at night as I could not bare the suspense!! Not going to say any more as I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment but hope this is sufficient to prompt your curiousity.

Blake Morrison is not an author I had heard of before and I was prompted to buy this book after reading an excellent review in my Sunday newspaper. I am glad that I followed my interest up and, as the other reviwer stated, agree that this would make an excellent film or drama. Modern literature is a bit of a mixed bag for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 29 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
I read this after watching the television series so I did already know what was going to happen, but this did not detract from the enjoyment and I still found myself hoping that something else would happen. The Last Weekend is set over a bank holiday weekend in August and as the time progresses you get the feeling that something terrible is going to happen. The characters that Blake Morrison has created are varied and interesting although the character of Ian is not likeable and it becomes clear throughout that he twists the truth. I did enjoy the book and the way it slowly unfolded until you know what happens but for me I felt that there was something missing from it to make it really really good, but it is a good psychological thriller all the same.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read but . . . 16 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book takes place over a bank holiday weekend where two couples share a weekend in a country house. Ollie & his wife Daisy - glamourous and wealthy, invite former university friend Ian and his wife Em(considerably poorer and "ugly toads" compared to the golden couple) for the weekend on the basis they have something important to tell them.

There is a sort of feel good feel to it to start with (think This Life, Peter's Friends, The Priory (Royal Court Play)) but as things unfold old rivalries and unfinished business becomes exposed.

It is a fairly short read and pretty page turning - I read it in a day which says alot for it's plot pace. The book is unusual because it doesn't patronise the reader - which is a real strength. So when a scene is described from one character's perspective that may not be all it seems to be, rather than having another character explain what actually happened (eg. Bret Easton Ellis Rules of Attraction), the reader is left to work it out and form his/her own conclusions.

The only real weakness in the book is the ending which was to me unsatisfying, very disappointing given the strength of the book and several of the ending strands were implausible. It's a shame and this is the only reason it gets 4 stars from me - otherwise would have been a clear 5.

It's kind of sad that authors can't include "alternative endings" in future editions of books a la DVD extras!! This book could be made perfect!

Good read though and would recommend nonetheless. Ideal reading for a weekend away.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read 10 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
I read Blake Morrison's previous novel, 'South Of The River' a few years ago. I enjoyed it, but am now struggling to recall much about it. This is a shorter and far more memorable read. Morrison's use of an unreliable narrator is the best I have ever come across in contemporary fiction. The reader realises only gradually that all is not as it seems. Vital snippets of information are dropped casually into the narrative. The author builds the tension superbly. To say much more would give away the plot, but I loved this book, and am still thinking about it several days after finishing it. Highly recommended.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Weekend 19 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book. A relatively quick read and you can sort of guess what is going to happen well before the end - but not quite. You can feel how stiflingly hot this August weekend is. The strength of this book is the realistic characters. It is uncomfortable to be in the head of the narrator and it isn't until the end that you realise how warped his perception of events is. This book would make a great film or TV drama.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Intriguing story. suspense throughout.
watched the drama on tv and the book was equally as good.
only downside chapters too long
Published 3 months ago by katie owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
I read this after watching the television adaptation and as is usually the case, the book is more nuanced and convincing. That said, the casting is very apt. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A Ryder
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner
Took a while to get going and gathered momentum later on, in fact dangerously close to late on. They said, stick with it and final third is worth your patience.
Published 8 months ago by harold bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
This is the first time I have read a book by this author and it will not be the last.
A well written novel with believable characters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Red
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
Not my favourite book. Too many strands of the story just didn't hang with the tapestry of the main narrative. The television version was even weaker.
Published 17 months ago by Salli
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner.
Blake Morrison is an excellent writer and does not disappoint with this book which unpeels like an onion with every layer more surprsing than the one before. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joey Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
This book is well written and an enjoyable read. The story is well told, and becomes spookier as the book progresses. I thoroughly recommend.
Published on 10 Oct 2012 by Louis the cat
1.0 out of 5 stars Long boring uninteresting; why so many words to say so little!
The problem with kindles are that you buy books for the sake of it and then try and make yourself read them. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2012 by Anna Hamblett
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Weekend DVD
I received The Last Weekend DVD from Amazon.co.uk in the mail today and watched it immeditely. I am a huge fan of Rupert Penry-jones. This is by far one of his best works. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2012 by RPJ USA Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable holiday read
As a big fan of Blake Morrison's non-fiction writing I was looking forward to reading a novel by him, but I have to say I was disappointed. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by J. K. Cook
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