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Central Reservation Hardcover – 1 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Will le Fleming was born in 1976, and raised in a dilapidated West Country farm house with a moat and no heating. He has written stories all his life, and worked in several countries around the world. Over the last few years he s been a stringer in South America, a croupier in New Zealand, and a sword-fighter at the Tower of London. He presently teaches English literature and lives in London with his wife and young daughter.
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Equally, I admit to ignorance of the dreadful effect of the slaughter of cattle on farmers, which brought as much of a lump to my throat as did the tribulations of Holly. And Belinda a truly fascinating and complex character who deserved far more space than she was given
It is a fascinating insight into a young girls mind and those around her.
Thought provoking but not a "hard" read, very accessible. Enjoy it!
I like to try new authors, but would struggle to read another one by this guy. Sorry but I'm not sure I could force myself through another like this.
Central Reservation is a book that works on many different levels. Its prose is sparing and hugely evocative, drawing the reader into Holly's world. Descriptive passages are so vivid that you can not only see what Holly sees but also feel, smell and taste the world around her. There are darkly comic phrases that stick in the mind ("[Belinda] was more of an outcrop than a person"), as well as unsettling ones. The author's real achievement here though is in weaving a story where the reader's experience mirrors that of the 13 year old central character (or indeed most adolescents). The moments where you think "ah, I get what's happening here" are immediately turned on their head, before the final pages of the book give you a sense of understanding and hope for the future.
This is a book that I couldn't put down and I'd wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants their reading not to be an exercise in mindless escapism but one where the author and his (or her) characters shine a light on your own life experience.
This is a deeply thoughtful book that never once stumbles into cliche.
I look forward to reading more from this author.