Top positive review
20 November 2018
Extraordinary. Really loved this. Prose that zings - powerful and playful. Really clever too - you can tell the author is a poet. Plays with language. Yet everything is carefully considered, words carefully chosen and tight and compact. Plus fabulous and unusual heroine. A modern-day Becky Sharp. Was on the edge of my seat at times waiting and hoping the main character’s audaciousness would work. Highly entertaining. Didn’t have a clue what was going to happen next and everything else I’ve read before and afterwards has felt a little flat and predictable by comparison. I’ve heard the author doesn’t outline or plot and I think that does pay off as the reader is surprised and entertained and things don’t feel contrived. There was not a moment in the book where I was a little bored or fatigued. The writing is really extraordinary and the author deserves to win a literary prize. Would read again. One of the strongest first novels I’ve ever read. Manages to be both character-led and picaresque yet a ‘state of the nation’ novel at the same time but with a light touch. Still trying to work out how author managed to do all that. Impressive.