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on 20 July 2007
...and they went for a beer in a proper pub.
A brilliant read. Flawed characters and good intentions abound through a series of parallel stories. You'll never watch freeview television in the same light again. Characters seem to be people I knew. The dry humour occasionally masked some clever and thought provoking points of view. Not a story I wanted to rush through in a couple of sittings but sampled and discussed (girlfriend was reading it at the same time). Something that became more apparent when we read Tighe's follow-up book on ID cards. The stories don't have to be read in order but it does help build the characters and adds to the feeling that you know these people. Gave it a four as the follow up is a five
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on 12 June 2008
A bunch of more-or-less off-the-grid friends living in the picturesque town of Spawater get together in their favorite bar and peremptorily plot against the not-quite-twin evils of battery chicken farming and bad television. Many adventures ensue, and these outwardly ordinary middle class folks actually manage to pull something meaningful off without winding up in jail. Very funny! My only criticism is that I can imagine each male character in my mind as a distinct personality, but the female characters all blur together.
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on 9 August 2009
Full of observation humour that made me laugh at myself as much as at those in the story. The characters are well rounded, believable and all seem to be people I know! I found it hard to put down and quickly bought and read the second in the series, Identity Cards.
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