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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down - laugh out loud funny!
Campbell captures post-uni London life so well, stuck between the naive memories of the past and the intense desire to keep up with his peers means the main character, James, struggles to move on with his own life and be happy. If you studied in London (or any other big city) and continued to work there, you will absolutely identify with the characters in this book. The...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disapointing
Bought this because I had really enjoyed Fold and had been keeping an eye out for Tom Campbell's follow up. Unfortunately, The Planner does not engage the interest in the same way. An enjoyable enough read but the characters are under developed and the ending feels rushed and anti-climatic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down - laugh out loud funny!, 9 Sep 2014
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Campbell captures post-uni London life so well, stuck between the naive memories of the past and the intense desire to keep up with his peers means the main character, James, struggles to move on with his own life and be happy. If you studied in London (or any other big city) and continued to work there, you will absolutely identify with the characters in this book. The characters are real, lurking in every local government / media / ad agency / press office but while you will sympathize with them at times, Campbell also writes with great humour and there are continuous opportunities for laughter. The book also poses a great dilemma - a choose your own adventure for adults, stay in London or leave...what would you do?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Grass Is Always Greener . . ., 14 Sep 2014
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This, Tom Campbell's second novel, is as witty, clever and enjoyable as his first, Fold. The story follows James, who feels he's stuck in a hum-drum job in the public sector with not enough money and status to attract women and live life to the full in London. James is in a dilemma of whether to stay in London living in a flat with mates and getting nowhere fast or to accept a promotion with higher pay in provincial Nottingham. James meets Felix who sets about re-modelling James' life and introduces him to all the good and expensive things on offer in London which he thinks James should experience and enjoy - including private sex clubs and drugs. This is going to end spectacularly well or devastatingly badly - you'll need to read it to find out which.

Campbell is a talented and clever writer with huge diction, giving us an inside view of public sector life and perspectives with a witty and cynical voice. His interesting and flowing style is of realistic people living normal and realistic lives so the whole book, whether you like where the story is heading or not, has a believable touch.

I found this a very enjoyable and humorous 'lad-lit' style book and would certainly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It bathes the city and the folk who strive to thrive there in a light which is funny, honest and, 16 Aug 2014
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To anyone who lives in London, or who wants to live there, The Planner is immediately recognisable and insightful. It bathes the city and the folk who strive to thrive there in a light which is funny, honest and, above all, powered by the human condition. The hopes, fears and insecurities of James, the book's protagonist, are ours too, resulting in a story that becomes impossible to put down until finished. Great love affairs can be difficult as well as exhilarating and it's clear in The Planner that Tom Campbell's great love affair is not with his characters, but with London itself. We're lucky that he's shared the details of it so generously with us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What can I say, I read it all in ..., 11 Aug 2014
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What can I say, I read it all in one day and it is quite unputdownable.
If you live in London - you will really identify in the characters in this book.
Felt quite abruptfly finished in the end and thats why its not a 5 star
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Truly insightful - great, 22 July 2014
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Loved it! Truly insightful - great, delicious characters that really represent the good and bad of London and a great story line that is addictive and gripping and stays with you long after you, regretfully, put the book down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel of the year, 11 Sep 2014
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Very funny, close to the bone, and beautifully written. Novel of the year for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pacy, insightful, funny, disturbing, 24 Aug 2014
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Really liked it. Laughed out loud a lot and yet makes very real much of what is wrong with our world - recognised a little too much of myself and others in it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disapointing, 21 Aug 2014
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Bought this because I had really enjoyed Fold and had been keeping an eye out for Tom Campbell's follow up. Unfortunately, The Planner does not engage the interest in the same way. An enjoyable enough read but the characters are under developed and the ending feels rushed and anti-climatic.
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