Fold Paperback – 6 Jun 2011
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You need know nothing about cards to relish the scabrous black comedy [...] in Tom Campbell's scintillating debut novel ... Campbell pulls off the difficult trick of putting the reader in the company of essentially unlikeable characters but keeping us thoroughly entertained. In doing so, he echoes the precise, unbridled nastiness of early 1980s Martin Amis. The pages of lean, measured prose ping with telling bons mots and, as the stakes are raised, the ruthless gamesmanship involving drugs and indecent exposure defies you not to laugh out loud even as you gasp in horror at the amorality (Metro)
All the men are wondering - with the funny yet bleak dialogue of other boys' novels (Hornbyesque with a touch of Nick Cave's Grinder Man album thrown in) - how on earth they ended up teaching or in IT or poor or married to a bitch, in Reading ... a hilarious expose of the insane levels of competition between blokes (Daily Mail)
Bitingly funny, glitteringly dark and bursting with humanity, Fold is a tale of friendship and rivalry, of jokers and kings, and of learning that it's not the hand life deals you, but what you do with it, that countsSee all Product Description
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The friends have drifted together through cards, but really want binds them is their desire to compete. The book particularly follows their desire to get one over on each other and the relationships between friends that have had seen a different level of success in the lives so far.
It is a point in time book for the generation turning 40 right now, with much to enjoy an reflect upon. This reminds me of some of the things I enjoyed about one day and the male relationship humour of The Finkler Question.
A great first book, I think we will see great things come from Tom and that this first book could make a great film.
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I read this after reading The Planner. If you like poker it would help, but it's by no means essential to reading the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by twinmum
Having just read Tom Campbell's new novel, The Planner, which I loved, I thought I'd read his first book. I have to say, I enjoyed this one very nearly as much. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anita Onwuegbuzie
Couldn't finish this book. Only the second time this had ever happened. The characters were shallow and unlikeable. Not recommended.Published on 4 Feb. 2014 by mmmppph
Fold really fails to invoke or inspire any interest in the read. A review for the book can be found here:
It's brave to write a book set in Reading, possibly England's dullest town and home of it's most tragic soccer team which surprisingly doesn't feature in this tale of a sad loser -... Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by Summersalt
This book would suit somebody who new the intricacies of the game of poker, which I dont. I may find the last third of the book more interesting.Published on 24 Jan. 2013 by D Kennedy
Enjoyed this book in parts but at times found it didn't flow particularly well. didn't gel too well with the characters bug did find some bits amusing. Sum it up... was an ok read!Published on 7 Nov. 2012 by Poolie
Sharply observed tale of middle aged angst. I did find it a little confusing at first, not understanding poker and struggling to keep track of which character was which. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2012 by CMickell
Unlike other reviewers I felt this was an unremarkable book. The characters are indeed unlikeable and dysfunctional. Unfortunately they are also very implausible. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2012 by snowman1