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The Pretender by [Belbin, David]
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A gripping writerly thriller that pulls you in from the first page, and keeps you turning the pages, The Pretender is pacy and smart. --Jackie Kay

About the Author

David Belbin has published numerous short stories in literary magazines and anthologies. He works part time as programme leader of the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University and is an experienced speaker in public, on radio and TV. He edited a crime short stories anthology, `City Of Crime' (Five Leaves), wrote a best selling guide to eBay.co.uk ('The eBay Book', Harriman House) and now edits the Crime Express series of novellas for Five Leaves. He is best known for his many novels and short stories for Young Adults, including `Denial', `Festival' and `Love Lessons'. In the 90's, he wrote a string of twenty crime novels, from `Shoot The Teacher' to `Dead Guilty' including a twelve novel sequence about young police officers, The Beat, for Scholastic, making him the company's best selling UK author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications (22 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q2MTTW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #709,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another good find in my local public library. A page-turner of a thriller which also has comments to make on C20th literature and the fine art of forgery - what's not to like? The only problem was that, once again, I found myself reading when I should have been sleeping - just because I wanted to know what happened next. In consequence I'm relieved to have finished the book. (I need more sleep.)

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 ...
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Format: Paperback
Telling the story of Mark Trace's (almost) accidental career as a literary forger, "The Pretender" is a thriller about ambition, love, literature and a boy becoming a man.

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.

More please.
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Format: Paperback
"The Pretender" tells the story of a young man, Mark Trace, who realises he has a talent for imitating the work of well-known writers. What begins as a childish prank soon becomes deadly serious as Trace's writing career takes a number of turns he didn't expect....

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.
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This is the first of Belbin's novel I have read. I had a chance encounter with him at an awards event for our partners which prompted me to look his work up. I was really pleased I did. It was a brilliant read. It introduced the worlds of literary forgery, decaying famed literary journals, struggling authors and the creative writing process. It tells the story of how a young man utilises his talent to imitate the writing of great authors, and unwittingly gets drawn into literary fraud. It is a morality tale as we see him try to form his moral compass in a corrupt world. It is also a coming of age novel as we see him develop his sexual identity and his place in the world of adults.

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.
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