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5.0 out of 5 stars
Physician, heal thyself!, 2 Aug 2010
The framework of this book is the bloody-nosed confrontation between the world of books and a young author. And the blood is real. The search for answers is also real; not just concerning what makes the world of books, films and music tick, but for answers in general... any answers.
If you're in your twenties or know someone in their twenties, you'll recognise the symptoms of the day-after-graduation hangover (OK, what now?) which just won't go away. Not with pills, meetings with old mates, more booze or more pills.
The book has humour. In fact, a damned good laugh in some places (Edinburgh, London, Norwich...) but also has a beginning, middle and end. Candide does have his Pangloss, I suppose, in a way, but this is not about Candide and the lesson to be learned is not Candide's. It's a lesson for many of us and is the lesson in the title. To find out how Tim Clare gets there is well worth the price of the book.