The Echo Chamber (Hardback)John Boyne (author)
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Following the privileged Cleverly family as they navigate the jungle of modern living, The Echo Chamber is a deliciously constructed story about reputation and presumption from the bestselling author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies.
What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds - and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept.
The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a 'national treasure' (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen.
Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant. Along the way they will learn how volatile, how outraged, how unforgiving the world can be when you step from the proscribed path.
To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up you only need a phone.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 637 g
Dimensions: 250 x 165 x 35 mm
'The funniest book I've read in ages. Savage but compelling' - Ian Rankin
'An uproariously funny novel... John Boyne skilfully skewers the cruelties of social media and the absurdities of wokeness ... a brave and timely foray into the contemporary culture wars.' - The Financial Times
'A fearless romp with big laughs along the way' - Graham Norton
'A comedy of manners and lack of manners ... good fun and cheeky as hell' - Ryan Tubridy
'His relish is infectious' - The Times
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“A very funny take on social media.”
I have to admit that John Boyne is one of my favourite writers. He is able to create a good story with enough drama and perfectly nuanced humour thrown into it.
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“A disappointing "satire" that doesn't quite hit the mark”
It is hard not to compare this book with Boyne's earlier work but this did not even read like Boyne, the prose felt stilted and rushed and just proved to be an all round disappointing writing style. I am sure The... More
An absolute cracker of a novel, so relevant in these times of social media. Full of satirical humour and laugh out loud moments , I absolutely loved it. He never fails to disappoint in whatever he writes and in this... More
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