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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic debut - a must-read novel., 10 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Sleb (Paperback)
It took me a couple of attempts to get into Sleb, but once I did I was hooked. Holmes tells the story of advertising sales executive Christopher Sewell, and explains just how he came to be at the scene when Britian’s biggest pop star, Felix Carter, was shot dead.
From his prison cell, Sewell grants one journalist an interview, and he explains to her just what happened in the months running up to Carter’s death. After his father dies and his wife, Sam, leaves him, Sewell slips deeper and deeper into alcoholism, violence and despair. You’ll be hooked as he tries to win Sam back but instead ends up being unable to do his job properly, only managing to shave half of his face in the morning, and not being able to cope without a constant intake of vodka.
Sleb contains some great characters, and Holmes brings them to life with some fantastic writing. The book is funny without being cheesy, and manages to poke subtle fun at our increasing obsession with celebrity. It’s a book you’ll really enjoy reading, and you’ll take Christopher Sewell to heart, with his Felix Carter looks and his miniature bottles of Absolut.
I don’t know if there are any plans for a film version, but this story would be ideal for the big screen. Sleb is an outstanding debut from Andrew Holmes and I hope he gets the recognition as a writer that he deserves
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