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The Truants by Lee  Markham
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it was amazing

This is something very different, a rare and beautiful treasure. Some might question it being called beautiful, being the visceral, industrial, cold book that it is, but it is beautiful, great beauty within its message and beauty within how it has been written and constructed.

But expect little beauty or joy from its tone or setting; Broken Britain, the forgotten (but ever growing) underbelly of the UK, where people are downtrodden and kept down by a society built on wealth and the wealthy, not those most at risk and most in need. Into this, Markham has woven vampires, and about halfway through you realise that the book isn’t about vampires at all, but that the vampires are an inspired vehicle, a metaphor, to present to the reader, in gruesome, shocking, humbling imagery and writing, a picture of everything that is wrong, broken and callous about modern life in so called ‘Great’ Britain; an essay in society’s underclass, of knife crime, social neglect, the London riots, horrific murders that made mainstream news.

In less skilled and considered hands, it could have been a preaching, righteous mess. Instead we have something bleakly stunning and doggedly thought-provoking.

It’s a demanding read, but such is its quality in how it has been written, that it doesn’t feel demanding to read. It hooks you instantly and holds you there, in its unrelenting claws until the final page, leaving you spent (in a good way) and its message lingering within you, like the vampires who possess their victims within them book.

Strap yourselves in. One of the most intelligent and erudite books I’ve read in a long while.
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Reading Progress

April 23, 2017 – Started Reading
April 23, 2017 – Shelved
April 24, 2017 –
page 159
April 26, 2017 – Finished Reading

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