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4.0 out of 5 stars `For anyone who suspects that life's a bit rubbish.', 19 Jan. 2011
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Jennifer Cameron-Smith "Expect the Unexpected" (ACT, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Each of the three journalists - Paul Lewis, Marty, and Eddie Dwiar - featured in these stories starts his life in Wales. One has emigrated to Australia, the second is about to and the third is going crazy. Paul, Marty and Eddie each live lives which they find dissatisfying, but they'd rather not be like everyone else. Follow their lives in these stories.

The first story is `Manic Streets of Perth' in which grumpy journalist Paul Lewis thinks not enough is happening until he meets Kim the lonely Manic Street Preachers fan. Kim foolishly shares aspects of her life with Paul, and before she realises it, everyone knows it. A robber wielding a snake makes an appearance and Paul gets caught up in trying to solve the crime.

The second story is `Looking for Sarah Jane Smith'. Marty is really, really bored with his life in Wales. But a new life beckons: about to leave Wales (and his two loser mates) for Australia. And perhaps he will also find his ideal woman - the one who will be like Sarah Jane Smith. The only problem is that he ends up taking his loser mates - John and Wasp Boy - with him.

The final story is the disturbing `To Dare a Future'. Eddie Dwiar is an antisocial antihero who wants to make a name for himself on his own terms. The abduction of an 11 year old girl, snatched on her way home from ballet, provides an opportunity. This story is more completely developed than the other two: quite engrossing but not humorous.

`We all have black thoughts. It's just some of us act on them.'

The first two stories are funny, the third is disturbing. Each is well-written. The one that entertained me best was `Manic Streets of Perth'. I liked the restless searching in `Looking for Sarah Jane Smith' and was haunted by some of the imagery in `To Dare a Future'.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, 1 Oct. 2013
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Brynnaman "Brynnaman" (Cardiff. South Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Looking For Sarah Jane Smith: A Riotous Black Comedy (Kindle Edition)
Funny? Yes and quirky, odd and strange all in the one mix.
Well written, a strong plot and a unexpected ending. Loved it.
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