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5.0 out of 5 stars
Uphill struggles can be funny, 7 July 2009
I really enjoyed reading Tim Clare's "We can't all be astronauts". It's a book like no other I've read: very hard to put down and intriguing. Accessible, yet a tour de force of wordsmithery.
It is ostensibly about the struggle to be a published author: not a who-dunnit, rather a how-did-he-get-it-done? Tim moves uneasily among the schmoozers and fakers of the publishing industry until he finally interviews its Pol Pot, who turns out to be ... read the book!
Where this book really scores, however, is on the intimacy of the relationship between the author and his reader. The book pulls no punches in describing the effects that this uphill struggle has on those around the author and (especially) on him. This, at times, makes for harrowing and moving reading. Yet Tim Clare's triumph is to keep the dark light: it is a book that may make you cry, but will certainly make you laugh.
Through it all, Tim develops as a person, and the last chapters are a touching lesson in acquired humanity.
Tim Clare has vaulted the first hurdle: he is a published author. He deserves now to glide over the second: to be a best-selling one.