Peter Burnett's first novel is a real treat. There are parts in mathematical formulae, rhyme, pidgin English, Welshian parody - it's such a cliche about young writers 'finding their voice' that it's a joy to read someone who finds so many. But the comedy has a serious purpose - this book is a searing indictment of the alienating effects of the 21st century; from pointless retail to dead end Call Centre jobs. The plot involves 20,000 computers in Aberdeen, several viruses, corrupt councillors, bampots, numpties, Stone Circles, robots, cyberporn and the most efficacious method of growing carrots. A superb debut: hopefully the first of many
Hilarious, un-put-down-able, ingenious! Those who remember the great Congy Ben catalogues will adore this rummage around Aberdeen's more farcical moments. This should at least be shortlisted for the Saltire Prize.
This is a winner. A worthy successor to Burnett's controversial "The Supper Book". Buy it at once! You'll find everything you need to know about the vaguries of Aberdeen city council, as well as some top gardening tips. Chuffed!