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By Sebastian Faulks

A robust modern novel set in London from a grasp of literary fiction.

London, the week prior to Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we stick with the lives of 7 significant characters: a hedge fund supervisor attempting to carry off the largest exchange of his profession; a certified footballer lately arrived from Poland; a tender attorney with little paintings and an excessive amount of time to take a position; a pupil who has been led off course by means of Islamist conception; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy addicted to skunk and fact television; and a Tube teach driving force whose Circle Line teach joins those and numerous different lives jointly in a regular loop.

With bold ability, the unconventional items jointly the complicated styles and crossings of contemporary city lifestyles. Greed, the dehumanising results of the digital age and the fragmentation of society are the various subject matters handled during this savagely funny ebook. The writing at the wall seems to be in letters ten toes excessive, however the characters refuse to determine it — and celebration on as if day after today is a dream.

Sebastian Faulks probes not just the self-deceptions of this intensely realised crew of individuals, yet their hopes and loves to boot. because the novel strikes to its gripping climax, they're pressured, one after the other, to confront the real nature of the area they inhabit.

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Their island overgrown with scarlet poinsettias. A school, a church. Some terraced hillsides in the distance turned labyrinthine green, an intricate backdrop for songbirds that appeared and disappeared as awkwardly as a child’s paper cutouts threading in and out of trees. We touch each other briefly and depart. As if memory wasn’t a wound to bear. As if we could eat the fruit and forget the garden. Rugosas redolent in the summer night. Years later, walking back from dinner along the bastion in Alghero.

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