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Honest and thought provoking
on 22 January 2018
A first book by Amanda Craig I have read but I'm definitely going to read some more. Although the novel is set in the 1990s, it could well talk about the literati life of the current state of affairs. It is at time shocking, the way journalists consider books for reviews and their attitude to authors but sadly it is not far from the truth. It was quite disheartening to read about the tribulations of the characters, their misconceptions about life and life aspirations. In particular, the journalists themselves who come across in a less than a flattering light. I really appreciate the honesty of this book, about the state of NHS, the poor in London living next door to the privileged, among other subjects.
I'm really glad it found a publisher after the dramatic events surrounding its initial publication. To think it could have fallen into obscurity because one journalist felt threatened by its content, well, it speaks volumes about the morality of some of those who claim to champion the book world.
It takes some time to get into the narrative though, and figure out who is who and the connection between the characters. The book reads far better after around 50 pages but it's a rewarding read nevertheless.