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Speaking with the Angel by [Hornby, Nick]

Speaking with the Angel Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Length: 213 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A more inappropriate title is inconceivable as most of this melange of fiction overflows with expletives. This sits uneasily with the fact that £1 from the sale of each audio book goes to an indubitably worthy cause, The Treehouse Trust, for children afflicted by frenetic and relentless autism. Though surely honourable, Nick Hornby's intentions in garnering this specially written material may prove disconcerting to the equally sincere purchaser.

Amid the fantasies and sub-realities of these monologues--by the guard of a controversial work of art, by a dog; by the Prime Minister explaining his occupancy of a car driven by a 15-year-old girl who affirms "He seemed like a nice bloke, he'd gone a bit quiet"--Miriam Margolyes is a shining star. She gives scintillating life to the banal, particularly as Maggie, maker of last request meals for the condemned since the re-introduction of hanging, "It's nice for me in a way because I get to do some cooking again."

"Ugly intrusiveness", ascribed to mobile phones in the penultimate contribution, is a phrase better suited to that particular story, and even the most moving allegory, touchingly read by Dermot Crowley, is somewhat spoiled. Surely the writers can't imagine obscenities enhance their work. --Lyn Took (4 cassettes Running time 6hrs 30mins)


Twelve of the most successful and popular writers of today - Helen Fielding, Robert Harris, Zadie Smith, Patrick Marber and Irvine Welsh - have written 6000-word fictional monologues along the lines of Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1046 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; UK ed. edition (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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