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Summer 2007 was an extraordinarily rich time for news. Floods. Foot and mouth. The disappearances of Tony Blair and Madeleine McCann. The arrival of Gordon Brown. Terror attacks in Glasgow. And Gordon Burn, artist, journalist and true-crime author, has taken the events from this bleak summer and turned them into an utterly unique novel about the way news is made, and how the media creates and manipulates the stories we see before us. A daring and thrilling novel from one of the most astute observers of celebrity and tragedy, that is sure to make the headlines itself.
Wonderful ... poignant, hilarious, and at times, uncomfortably true.
The most original I read in 2008 ... it is a highly sophisticated take on the news that was served up to us by the media in 2007. Burn's great gift is to make us see these events ... anew, through the filter of fiction. No one has written more shrewdly and knowingly about popular newspaper culture than Burn, but with this novel he taps into something more profound and sinister.
One of the year's most audacious works.
[One of] the best novels of the year ... written in impeccable prose.
Genuinely experimental ... building up a powerful picture.
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