A Byrne

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (19 of 22)
Location: London


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The Spoiler by Annalena McAfee
The Spoiler by Annalena McAfee
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A curate's egg of a book this. It alternates between being very funny and authoritative and being implausible. One must bow to Ms McAfee's experience at The Guardian but, Christ, does she make us aware of it. The excruciatingly detailed accounts of a number of newspapers and their supplements will be of interest to readers in the ink trade but will lose a lot of readers. Even someone like me whose day doesn't really start until I have The Independent or The Guardian felt bored by the painstaking portrayal of what goes into creating a modern newspaper.

Anyway, moving away from that, this is a good read although the plot-twist is so obvious that one wonders why the writer bothered… Read more
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book put me in mind of Ian MacEwan's The Innocent where a literary novelist tries his hand at writing a thriller and carries it off. Ordinary Thunderstorms tells the tale of how an ordinary law-abiding citizen, Adam Kindred, can disappear even in these times when it can sometimes seem that we are all under scrutiny. Boyd launches straight into the incident which leads to the protagonist melting into a London underworld even though he is at all times based in some of the more populous parts of the capital.

The other characters in the book are defined by their relationship to Adam; the shadowy figures who wish harm upon him and some of society's victims who side with him… Read more
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More is Less, 19 May 2012
Not one of William Boyd's better ones, I'm afraid. He seems obsessed with bringing new twists and surprises into the narrative to the extent that before long, you don't particularly care what happens next. The story line is highly unlikely although I guess conventional life went out the window during a world war.

The section of the novel set in Vienna is well-written and entertaining but it peters away after that amid a series of boys-own type scrapes and increasingly implausible plot-lines.

A disappointment then; particularly so after his last novel, Ordinary Thunderstorms, which was thought-provoking and a thoroughly good read into the bargain. Stick to the… Read more

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