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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Minnow Press (5 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953944840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953944842
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,535,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bored of office life, one cubicle worker discovers a mysterious network of tunnels located beneath his office desk and embarks on a surreal voyage of discovery.

About the Author

Andrew Osmond is the author of cult novels Big Fish, Twitcher, High and Cat Flap.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terence Rip on 21 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
Urban exploration - or reality hacking, as it is sometimes called - is the examination of out-of-bounds areas of the built environment. The activity is largely acknowledged as being started at the University of Toronto, where students discovered a vast network of steam tunnels beneath their campus, all ripe for exploration, and all, of course, forbidden places for trespassers.

The world of urban exploration does not easily make the transition to the literary page. Some novels, like Caldwell and Thomason's The Rule of Four have skirted around the subject, using the cool fashionability of the activity as a quick-entry credibility-ticket into the youth-culture market. Other tales, such as David Morrell's Creepers have masqueraded as urban exploration adventures whilst really being nothing more than spooky building horror stories.

On the face of it, Andrew Osmond's latest novel - Young British Slacker - would seem to sit more comfortably in the swivel-chair realm of bored-office-workers than in the high adrenalin orbit of subterranean exploration, but that would be to overlook the subtlety of the work.

Numbed by the tedium of a career going nowhere, Osmond's nameless protagonist - the story is unusually recounted in the second person and the gender of the main character is never specified - finds escape from the 9 to 5 existence in a most unexpected fashion: by discovering a mysterious grating beneath the carpet tiles underneath their desk, leading to... a great, unexplored network of tunnels and passageways which interweave and interconnect in the spaces between the floors of the office tower block. The gradual exploration of these hidden spaces provides unexpected pleasures, but also unforeseen dangers.
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