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5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, readable, lovely. Did I say funny?, 2 Sept. 2012
If James Bond is the superhero Britain desires, Jonathon Fairfax is the superhero we deserve. And aren't we lucky: unyieldingly polite, perpetually confused, loyal to his friends and ridiculously unintentionally funny 'Jonathan Fairfax' is pretty much the better side of Britain as I know it.
'The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathan Fairfax' details JF's quest to find his place in the world. His mission: to find some mates, get the girl and, erm, oops, save Britain from corruption in government at the highest levels, along the way. Anyone who moved to London a long time ago with an urge to build their world from scratch somewhere new will empathise with his situation. He washes his clothes in the laundromat for goodness sakes and thinks this will find him friends. But the twists and turns involved in Christopher Shevlin's impressive novel will keep you frantically turning the pages as you chuckle aloud.
I particularly enjoyed the use of payphones in the plot - it's set in the eighties - and as Jonathan bonds with London as it was whilst l lalloped in the grasses of Ireland in nappies, I rebonded with my city too.
This is a brilliantly structured novel and Christopher Shevlin is an original and very funny voice. The book features a very sweet and realistic romance to boot. Which isn't something 'ole James Bond could claim.