This debut novel by JMR Higgs is good fun, easy to read, and quite original. It's about 3 ex-friends who get together two decades after they used to play in a band together, and decide to drive around the coast of the UK, for reasons they can't really put their fingers on. It's the kind of road trip the Beatles probably had in mind when they made the Magical Mystery Tour. Stuff happens - some of it mundane, some of it magical. And although I must warn you there's not much of a plot, it still packs in a few surprising plot twists.
There might well be a serious point hiding in there somewhere, perhaps to do with fate, bibles (in general, not The Bible), friendship, time travel, love and music. But I wouldn't bet on it.
About two thirds of the way through an intriguing character called Orlando Monk pops up and rather steals the show. We're promised more adventures of Orlando Monk in a future book. Let's hope the author is actually working on this, and it's not just one of the book's many little jokes.
At 200 pages, it's a short book which left me wanting more. So much better than the opposite case, as I find with most novels these days.
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