Edward Laing

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (6 of 8)
Location: London


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Chop Chop by Simon Wroe
Chop Chop by Simon Wroe
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer to Watch, 25 April 2014
This book is spectacularly good. If you want an almost certain bet on a big name for the future, put it on this author.

“Chop Chop”, Simon Wroe’s first novel, is a corrosively black comedy about life behind the scenes in the kitchen of an upmarket restaurant in Camden Town, one of London’s most fashionable areas, but with an edgy, seamy underside. It is based loosely on the author’s own years at the bottom of the pecking order in a frenetic kitchen.

The main characters are the narrator’s fellow workers. There is a feral Albanian who is a talented cook, a northern racist who derives his highest pleasures from articulating his hatred of foreigners, and… Read more
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Penguin Modern Clas&hellip by Muriel Spark
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylistically flawless, 14 Sep 2012
Not a word wasted. Sentences superb. Characters will remembered be for ever. I loved the thought that wives are to play golf with and sing to in the evenings
Capital by John Lanchester
Capital by John Lanchester
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very well observed characters, in particular the bankers, the banker's wife (very vicious but wonderful), an old lady living alone, a Nigerian immigrant and a Banksi artist. As perceptive about London today as Bonfire of the Vanities was about NY in the 1980s