New Fiction books
Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes
Reviewed by Patty Dohle at Waterstones Witney
Oh the joy when I heard this gem had finally been translated into English! A bestselling phenomenon in mein Fazerland since its publication in 2012, it had tickled my curiosity since I first heard about it, and delighted me when it was gifted to me by the 'rents last Christmas. A novel about Adolf Hitler waking up in a 2011 Berlin car park, rescued by a newsagent who thinks him a hilarious and scarily convincing impersonator and promptly introduces him to some media fellers who, in turn, jump on the chance to line their pockets and boost the ratings by giving him some air time.
It's obviously funny seeing Hitler in his 1940s mindset interact with the contemporary age, similar to seeing Socrates and Billy the Kid stumble their way through 1980s mall strip California in Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure, but at the same time it scathingly satirises an increasingly dumbed-down, historically uninformed or indifferent multimedia generation that is too distracted by reality TV, sensationalist headlines and Facebook likes to see the danger the "born again" Fuehrer really poses.
Take from this book what you will. I, for one, both enjoyed and pondered it. Thoroughly.Buy the book
New Non-Fiction books
Read an extract from our Non-fiction Book of the Month, Julian Barnes' Man Booker nominated Levels of Life - a story of ballooning, photography, love and his grief at losing his wife...
You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed. People may not notice at the time, but that doesn't matter. The world has been changed nonetheless.
Colonel Fred Burnaby of the Royal Horse Guards, member of the Council of the Aeronautical Society, took off from the Dover Gasworks on the 23rd of March 1882, and landed halfway between Dieppe and Neufchatel. Read more >
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