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White City Blue

3.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  226 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Estate agent Frankie Blue is known on his home turf - White City, Shepherd's Bush - as "Frank theFib." He's a liar - but one who always tries to tell the truth. He has been friends with Diamond Tony, a hairdresser, Colin, a computer nerd, and Nodge,a cabbie, since schooldays. Now they are thirty, and trying to live the same life as they did then - drinking, girls, coke, fo ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 4th 2000 by Penguin (first published 1999)
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Erin W
Mar 19, 2013 Erin W rated it did not like it
I read this for a class way back in my undergrad days. The class was based on the modern British novel, and it's part of a pretty popular subgenre called "lad lit" AKA "What hell hath Nick Hornby wrought?" It's like chick lit, except it's worse because it's full of misogyny. (Not that I would include Hornby in that category. He, unlike most of his contemporaries, can write a troubled man who is nonetheless decent.)

This particular novel is about the baffling need for men to hold onto friendships
John Salmon
Jul 27, 2014 John Salmon is currently reading it
Not liking this one too much chiefly because the protagonist is such a wanker and his narrative voice so odious. Most likely won't finish it.
Shirley Williams
Aug 24, 2015 Shirley Williams rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I love an honest take on life and people and Lott achieved this in this beautifully written book.
Erin Stropes
Jul 26, 2010 Erin Stropes rated it liked it
I loved the beginning of this book - quirky characters, fun voice, a little thread of nasty drama running under the surface. The descriptions of different types of friendship are astute and hysterical.

Sadly, about three quarters of the way through the story kind of unravels. I don't mind if everyone's a jerk, but it was just something about the mix of cynicism and realism that was more unpleasant to read than anything else. So in the end, it was unsatisfying, and I was more disappointed than any
Jul 20, 2015 Kyra rated it really liked it
Terrific book.
Printable Tire
Dec 06, 2008 Printable Tire added it
Recommends it for: thirty-somethings
I was really enjoying this book - I guess it would fall under whatever the male version of chicklit is - until the mammoth disappointment of the surprise secret of one of the pro's friends. This book better be autobiographical, because as a believable plot point it totally sucked. I'm not going to tell you what it is, but just think Chasing Amy.

I think I was reading this along the time my girlfriend dumped me after college. I know I bought it in 2004 when I was at Oxford.
Mar 06, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
Winner, 1999 Whitbread First Novel Award
Edward Davies
A funny yet slightly disturbing tale of male friendship in the modern age, this twists itself into an almost sinister story that tries to explain how difficult it is for men to form meaningful friendships with other men that aren't entirely based on getting drunk and watching sport together.
Feb 20, 2012 Josie rated it liked it
One of those books that was easy to read, but didn't really make you feel anything.
Just a very easy read I guess.
This is Tim Lott's first novel and I can't say I'd be actively seeking out his pthers in a hurry!

Although that said, it was nice to read something so very English!
Jul 04, 2009 Geetly rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book reiterates the fact that the our first reaction towards committment is always that of aversion.Even the second,third and fourth. Having said that,while this book is an accurate portrayal of friendship in today's times,I would like to think its a sad exaggeration.
Jan 01, 2014 S.K.Dinning rated it it was amazing
A really good book about what it is like to be a young man in modern Britain.
May 10, 2012 da-wildchildz rated it did not like it
Following on from the dumbest book I’ve ever is the daftest book I’ve read. The difference? Nothing. Shallow characters, tedious plots and bad writing, they might as well be playing snap. End of story.
Una sorpresa inesperada. Me la leí en un viaje de tren de unas tres horas. Que engancha, vamos.

En castellano, se titula White City a secas.
Vy Nguyen
Interesting read, so descriptive i could picture the friends in my mind. Dont know how precise it is to a guys state of mind but worth reading.
May 11, 2014 Elwin rated it did not like it
Gelezen in NL's. Titel de Leugenmakelaar. Deze was echter niet bekend in GoodReads. Matig boek.
Aug 03, 2013 Ellen rated it liked it
The ending totally rectified everything that was wrong with the book. And by ending I mean the last sentence.
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