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Eleven Paperback – 23 May 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (23 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854114158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854114150
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A micro-mezze of human emotion, "Eleven" thrusts snippets of love, trust, and disappointment into the mix and proves that the knock-on effects of petty office politics can be disastrous." --"Gay Times"

"Llewellyn skillfully and poignantly reveals the complications and evasions of the characters' relationships . . . "Eleven" is a compulsive read, and I devoured it in one sitting, unable to put it down . . . It's easy to imagine this becoming a cult book for the disillusioned younger generation . . . who will recognize many of the characters and situations." --Ray French, author, "All This Is Mine" and "The Red Jag"

About the Author

David Llewellyn is the author of short stories and comedy sketches for the BBC, and he collaborated on the feature-length filmscript "Somewhere," performed live at the Cardiff Screen Festival in 2003.

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I must admit I groaned when I first read the blurb on the back of 'Eleven' by David Llewellyn. Another person trying to cash in on 9/11, I thought. I couldn't have been further from the truth. 'Eleven' is indeed set on 9/11, but the global events of that day happen at arms length, reported to the main character, Martin, by his friends. Each friend seems to offer a different angle on the event, from Lloyd, who is irreverent, crass, and often in extremely poor taste, to Dan, who is the only person who seems to grasp the enormity of the situation.

'Eleven' is an often very funny book; I laughed out loud on a number of occasions; but it quickly develops (and by quick I mean QUICK) into something much darker and more unsettling. None of the reviews I've read so far seem to mention the apparent existentialist and absurdist subtexts that are at work (at one point Martin emails God asking him "Why", only to have his email returned saying 'Address Unknown') in this book. It starts off light and frothy, brimming with office gossip, but by the end of the novel souls have been laid bare. This is not just a biting comedy about office politics, and it's not just a cash in. Without giving too much away, the ending explodes the claustrophobic events of the novel out into the bigger picture, so that the reader is invited to consider that day as a whole. As Martin himself says at one point in the novel, "This is everything."
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Just like, say, Sandi Toksvig, this book is tiny - you can finish it in a day for sure - but there's a lot to it. It is very hard to put down, and it's got nothing to do with gravitational pull, simply the skilled writing and subject matter involved. This has been listed as WH Smith's book of the month for June in Wales, and rightly so. If only more people knew of this man's talent. Hoping there's plenty more to come.
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I challenge anyone. Make sure that you've got a couple of hours to spare. Start reading Eleven by David Llewellyn and then try to stop reading it before you've reached the end. Try it and kiss goodbye to your day. This book is funny, sad and shaming. You know these characters. And the chances are that you are one of them.
I've never even been to Bristol ok?.
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I was recommended this book by a friend. It is a superb, unique and gripped me from start to finish. The email format that the novel is related in works very well. The emotional breakdown of the narrator coupled with the occurrence of the 9/11 attack was artfully done.
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