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By the author of "Suckers". Sophie, Clare's friend, has everything and Clare is fed up with not having it all. Clare's going to make it to Notting Hill and live the good life if it kills her, and it's starting to look as if it might.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Pan Publishing (first published January 1st 1997)
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Althea Ann
Nov 04, 2011 Althea Ann rated it really liked it
I liked this authors story in "Granta" enough that I ordered two of her novels. They're both from the 90's, and definitely have that feel to them. I seems that these days she's concentrating on journalism and film criticism. While the first of her books I read, 'Suckers' is a vampire tale, and 'Stiff Lips' is more of a ghost story, the voice of the protagonist is remarkably similar: that of a young woman who tries to present herself in a good light, but whom you come to realize is truly a ...more
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Sep 28, 2013 Oliver Clarke rated it really liked it
'Stiff Lips' is an extremely entertaining ghost story with a nice line in humour, believable characters and enough creepy goings on to keep horror fans happy. The unravelling of the central mystery is well handled with a couple of decent twists and some subtle misdirection that never feels cheap. The climax wraps things up in a satisfying way and invokes a genuine sense of helpless terror. What stood out for me most was the realistic way in which the central character Clare is portrayed, the ...more
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Mar 01, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Full disclosure: I know the author.
A satisfyingly spooky and blackly comic tale. Quite leisurely paced, so don't expect a page-turning thriller or jump-out-of-your-seat scares, but it compensates with in-depth and convincing characterisation and thematic richness. In fact it's less a ghost story and more a study of loneliness, angst, envy and class consciousness.
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I don't think I like Billson's fiction anywhere like as much as I like her film criticism, but this worked surprisingly well for me.
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Anne Billson, who was born in Southport in 1954, is a film critic, novelist and photographer whose work has been widely published.

Her books include studies of John Carpenter's The Thing and Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, as well as horror novels Suckers, Stiff Lips and The Ex. In 1993 she was named one of Granta's "Best Young British Novelists" and selected as part of W.H. Smith's "Fresh
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