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3.23  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  10 reviews
paperback, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 1998 by Hamish Hamilton Ltd (first published 1998)
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Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
And I'm being generous. This book was hypnotically terrible. An strange slow dense odyssey of a policeman in London, 275 pages with virtually no redeeming qualities. Normally I very much enjoy all things British, but this was difficult to understand and even more difficult to care about. The title refers to the protagonist's last name, but, forgive the pun, it may be the only pleasure to get out of this turd, whatever happened to good manners. This was a freebie and a prime example of getting wh ...more
Awful.Gave up very quickly. Hard to believe this was written by the same person as wrote The Fountain at the Centre of the World.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I remember reading this at some point and a few things stuck with me - obviously RN's politics which tend to the paranoid-left (or did in those days including a weird ranting show at the Hammersmith Palais, now he seems more to be on the DIY from-the-ground-up localist end of things and besides, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't a conspiracy). Also a bit where everyone decides to just give up for a while (which I thought would be no bad thing) and another bit where criminals ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easier read that I thought that it may be.
It is the story of a Police Officers tumble into madness after he was involved in the death of a villain.
The end of the book is much harder work as he sinks further and further into his own mind.
there are some brilliant (and beautiful) observations in this but it is oh so depressing. i just finished it and i wished id never started
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.

John Manners is an idealistic policeman who finds himself in a life and death battle when trying to apprehend a suspect. The suspect ends up dead and whilst waiting to be tried Manners is put on suspension. He begins to look back on his life and how he has got to this point in his life and slowly he begins to realise his whole identity is wrapped up in been a police officer. He gets a scanner and becomes almost a one man p
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Delicious show-off of knowledge of North-London streets and atmosphere.

But not too sure I buy the rest. Especially I don't like the idea of a woman 'enjoying' physical violence. Too much of a male fantasy for it to sound real, let alone what message is intended to the readership, hey, try this, women are likely to enjoy extreme violence?
Then the narrator goes mad and homeless. I missed some explanation of the steps that people who care always take to at least try avoid this happening, and this
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really liked this book. I'm not giving away more than it says on the back cover by saying its all about a policeman who accidently kills a suspect while making an arrest and get suspended. Basically its all written from his viewpoint and you're seeing him slowly go mad, so by the end its quite hard to follow his thoughts but somehow that doesn't spoil the read.

I found it very believable and quite thought-provoking. I'd say its one of the best books I've read so far this year.
Derek Baldwin
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some bum notes, but on the whole this might just be the best novel I've read yet by a former comedian. Or is he still a comedian? Whatever. The bits that lifted a fairly average story were the lefty politics, funnily enough. They date the novel, they may be a bit earnest, even a bit forced, but I could tell they were certainly sincere, and accurately targeted. Might try some more of the authors stuff.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern, fiction
from stand up comedy to very dark stuff. he's a talented chap but this is a touch too jaring
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Robert ("Rob") Newman (born 7 July 1964) is a British stand-up comedian, author and political activist. In 1993 Newman and his then comedy partner David Baddiel became the first comedians to play and sell out the 12,000-seat Wembley Arena in London. He was born to a Greek Cypriot father and British mother.

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