Published: 20 March 2020 20 March 2020


I read an excerpt and interview with the author in the Guardian a few months ago, and was sufficiently intrigued to read the rest of the book.

It is slow to get going, but somehow you feel compelled to keep on reading. The story is told from the point of view of Jack Bick, an investigative journalist and alcoholic, whose career is slowly going down the pan.

For me, the writing is at its best when dealing with his addiction and how it affects every area of his life.

I found the rest of the book a bit disjointed; despite introducing several important issues (perhaps too many?) facing the modern world, I’m not sure the various parts of the narrative hang together very well, but the quality of the writing more than makes up for it.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy to review.