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The Notes of Dr Newgate Paperback – 15 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Muswell Press; First edition (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957213646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957213647
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.3 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Franks' previous fiction includes the classic newspaper comedy 'Boychester's Bugle', which the novelist Tom Sharpe found brilliantly comic; also the Sixties family saga 'The Sins of the Sons' and the award-winning 'Going Over'. He wrote for The Times for more than thirty years, covering a wide variety of arts subjects and social issues. In the 1980s he wrote a regular column for the paper,' Alan Franks' Diary', which became a book and then a Radio 4 series. He has twice been nominated for a British Press Award. His poems have won several awards, including the Wigtown Prize, Scotland s largest.

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Why have I never heard of this man Franks? I bought this novel on the strength of a review in the Guardian and I wasn't disappointed. It is one of the most accomplished I've read for ages. The seemingly effortless style is in fact polished and skilful without being slick. Flawed, all-too-human Dr Newgate is easy to like, and all the other characters, filtered through Dr Newgate's subjective eye, are credible. All the characters, even minor ones like Clive, his AA sponsor, are wittily drawn. The novel is humorous but also, in places shocking - Newgate's description of his recurring dream is hauntingly horrific; in others, it is very moving. His father's poem for his dead wife is a poignant, restrained little vignette of love and loss. The structure is clever, teasing but ultimately satifying.

A brilliant book. Read it.
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By tim on 29 Nov. 2013
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What? No other reviews for this brilliant book? It's an absolute must-read and one of the best I've read this year. Alan Franks has the late Simon Gray's knack for producing (in this case fictional) memoir which seems conversational and almost effortless, but is in fact highly crafted and beautifully readable. There are two real-life celebrity cameos, the second of which stretches plausibility, but that (and some flaky proofreading) aside, this is an excellent book and a massively enjoyable read. Five stars without question.
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Serena's startling revelation early in the book took me completely by surprise, and this dark 'secret' frames the course of their relationship, providing a sinister backdrop to some of the erotic scenes. A poignant moment for me was when Serena was just coming out of one of her night terrors, and Newgate asks himself: "Who am I? Friend or foe? Comfort or threat?" This is something the reader, too, will have to ask themselves about Newgate, as they read his narration and then consider the sanitised reflections of 'Dr Nattrass'.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. N. Plant on 5 Dec. 2013
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I was influenced by a review in the Guardian Saturday Review. Such was that review I was led to expect a much better book. Never at any time did I feel like giving it up though it did get close to that. I thought the ending was somewhat lame. Dr Newgate escaped well with the remarkably talented Serena providing a good income for the disgraced doctor. The photograph of him and Serena which led to him appearing on You Tube was not used in his defence for he did save the child's life . Imogen, his ex, was a much better woman than he was a man
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