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Skin Lane by Neil Bartlett
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
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Read in March, 2011

Orchestrated much like a symphony, this haunting psychological study builds to an emotional yet liberating climax. In many ways a timeless story. The way in which Bartlett holds one individual's life, in blooming late 1960's London, under the magnifying glass with such intensity is both claustrophobic and unnerving. London itself is almost as central a character as our repressed Mr F. Within its sprawling hustle and bustle the pocket of this man's life in and around Skin Lane feels oddly and darkly Victorian and at times gothic.

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