Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£8.99|
Save £6.36 (71%)
The Pretender Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
I warmed to the young protagonist with his enthusiasm for literature, social awkwardness and unexpected gift for writing in the style of others. Supporting characters often blended charm with an implied threat. The picture of literary London and the world of small (printed!) magazines was an added deligh
This book comes from the excellent independent publisher Five Leaves, which has a very good catalogue but is still too little known. I sometimes read titles just because they're from Five Leaves and am rarely disappointed.
I gather the author, David Belbin, has a new crime novel out. I may have borrowed The Pretender but I reckon on buying the new crime novel - first of a series too ...
I loved this book. It is written as a first person narrative, with an older and wiser Mark looking back on his teenaged self, and this works extremely well (perhaps because of his experience writing books for young adults, the author ssems to capture a lonely late-teenage boy perfectly). The plot itself is excellent: well-paced, interesting and original. I never thought a story about imitating the style and voices of the great twentieth century novelists could generate such tension.
Above all though, this novel exudes a love of books and I think a love of writing, which comes across as being an extremely difficult and yet supremely seductive vocation. I ripped through this book in less than a day and came out the other side wanting to read more Hemmingway, more Greene.... and yes, more Belbin.
I absolutely loved "The Pretender". The author's obvious affection for the writers and literature featured in the book are evident, and there is clearly a passion here for the subject matter. The characterisation is terrific, and by the time I got past half way, I couldn't put it down.
Beautifully paced, well written and with a wholly original story, I'd recommend "The Pretender" to anyone. Superb.
Belbin's writes in a highly enaging way creating characters that you at once care and fume about. The book has strong narrative drive. It has a truly delicious revenge scene towards the end. If I have a criticism the book ended too soon. I just did not want it to end when it concluded. I thought the plot lines and characters had plenty of juice in reserve.
I liked everything about this novel. The characters are well drawn, the action is cleverly plotted, and the descriptions of how great novelists can be imitated is very insightful. However, despite the literary insights The Pretender reveals, there is nothing stodgy about the novel at all - it is a face paced thriller.
The author obviously understands literature, literary forgery, university literature studies, the trade of valuable manuscripts and the life of aspiring writers well. Reading this novel, I felt completely convinced that this could indeed happen the way the story played out.
The story has many twists which took me by surprise yet felt right. Each time, I thought "I should have seen that coming!" Some plot twists take certain plot strands full circle, bringing something to a belated but satisfying conclusion... but then twist further, and put everything upside down again. These 'twists on twists' are masterfully crafted.
One thing I missed though: I would have dearly liked to read excerpts of the literary forgeries the narrator crafted. These wouldn't need to be long, but a paragraph in the style of Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway and Roald Dahl would have enriched and underlined the novel's content.
Look for similar items by category