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Nicola Barker

Published by Harpercollins | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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A raucous, exuberant novel about the outrageous circus surrounding David Blaine's 2003 starvation stunt at Tower Bridge, from Nicola Barker, a Granta Best of British Novelist.

On 5th September 2003, New York illusionist David Blaine entered a small Perspex box beside the River Thames and began starving himself. Forty-four days later he left the box. The end. The real show, of course, was on the sidelines: the crowds, the chaos, the hype and most enjoyably, the hypocrisy.

Through the eyes and exploits of Adair Graham MacKenney, bitter, shameless and irreverent, we see this world for what it is: a place of illusion, delusion, celebrity and hunger. And, naturally, lust. With her Tupperware and awful shoes, Adair finds himself unaccountably drawn to the reluctant Aphra. But when has futility ever stopped anyone? Just think of the guy in the Perspex box. Wickedly comic, caustic and uncommonly astute, this outrageous peep show of a novel gives us our contemporary world laid bare

PRAISE OF THE BOOK

The hippest literary novel of the year… Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Nicola Barker''s linguistic exuberance got me hooked … Like an angel dancing on the head of a pin, she takes a brief event in the crowded capital and uses it to whoop and whirl … impressive, smart, funny, fast. Observer

Barker knows how to manufacture an arresting image … she is such a brilliant and original writer. Guardian




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ISBN-13: 0000007193610
Product Code 0000007193610
Binding: Paper Back
Publisher: Harpercollins
Number of Pages: 352
Language: English

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