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Once again, easy reading from Paul Torday
on 27 January 2012
'More than you can say' offers the usual Paul Torday style of easy-reading.
The story concerns Richard Gaunt, an ex-army Captain returned from tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, struggling to re-adapt to civilian life in the UK after witnessing and participating in the traumatic events experienced in theatre. Some of the characters appear in 'The hopeless life of Charlie Summers', such as Ed Hartlepool, Eck Chetwoode-Talbot and Nick Davies. The plot wasn't really what I was expecting from the blurb, because the bet to walk to Oxford was merely a scene-setting device and not the main thrust of the story, which involved an Afghan and Al-Quaeda terrorist plot. The storyline was reasonable, once the reader takes on board the enormous coincidences in the plotting, such as Richard, an ex-soldier from Afghanistan, being randomly picked up by the terrorists, and other bits of the plot that didn't hang together very well simply to make the story work, eg. the search of his flat for no particular reason but had to occur to discover his invitation, and some other things.
Putting these issues aside, Paul Torday tells a story with social and political relevance in his usual easy-to-read style.
Probably 3.5 stars.