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Reversed Forecast

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The first novel by the acclaimed, brilliantly unconventional Nicola Barker, prize-winning author of The Yips
Reversed Forecast is a vivid snapshot of pre-gentrification London and a tale of finding love in less-than-scenic places. Chance meetings between its cast of inimitably odd individuals—Ruby, the betting-shop cashier; violently disturbed (and disturbing) Vincent; Sam
ebook, 300 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1994)
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Chance meetings between its cast of eccentric individuals - Ruby the bookie's cashier, violently disturbed (and disturbing) Vincent, Samantha the would-be cabaret singer, wilfully sickly Sylvia and Little Buttercup the never-quite-made-it greyhound - result in the unlikeliest of couples. The first novel from the brilliantly unconventional Nicola Barker is a tale of gambling, allergies, music and dogs, set in some of London's less scenic locations. Chance meetings between its cast of eccentric in ...more
Trying too hard for it's own good, like it seems most of her novels.

One of those writers where you cannot get immersed in the book, its always at the back of your mind how the author probably thinks they are being so clever and cool and real and blah, blah.

Finished it but the only thought I had about the whole thing was I bet the author is one of those people who thinks Camden is a cool place... urgh.
Kira Henehan
Another nutball novel by Nicola Barker! I think this was her first, but all the elements of her later books are here: the reprehensible characters, the sense of being in this world but slightly askew...It's worth tracking this one down if you like her later work.
MJ Nicholls
Another disturbing gem from this subtly brilliant London-based authoress. Worth reading for the climactic sex scene that wipes the floor with 9 1/2 Weeks.

A real pleasure - odd and interesting characters, vivid and arresting writing. Her first book, and the first of hers that I've read. I look forward to reading more.
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Nicola Barker is an English writer.
Nicola Barker’s eight previous novels include Darkmans (short-listed for the 2007 Man Booker and Ondaatje prizes, and winner of the Hawthornden Prize), Wide Open (winner of the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and Clear (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2
More about Nicola Barker...
Darkmans (Thames Gateway, #3) The Yips Wide Open (Thames Gateway, #1) Clear: A Transparent Novel Burley Cross Postbox Theft

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