Plume (Hardback)Will Wiles (author)
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Will Wiles goes to work on the London novel with a surgical knife and no anaesthetic. Plume is a devastating satire on celebrity, journalistic truth and the transmogrification of the nation’s capital in this biting and very funny tale of an alcoholic hack and cult author at war.
Jack Bick is an interview journalist at a glossy lifestyle magazine. From his office window he can see a black column of smoke in the sky, the result of an industrial accident on the edge of the city.
When Bick goes from being a high-functioning alcoholic to being a non-functioning alcoholic, his life goes into freefall, the smoke a harbinger of truth, an omen of personal apocalypse. An unpromising interview with Oliver Pierce, a reclusive cult novelist, unexpectedly yields a huge story, one that could save his job. But the novelist knows something about Bick, and the two men are drawn into a bizarre, violent partnership that is both an act of defiance against the changing city, and a surrender to its spreading darkness.
With its rich emotional palette, Plume explores the relationship between truth and memory: personal truth, journalistic truth, novelistic truth. It is a surreal and mysterious exploration of the precariousness of life in modern London.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 35 mm
'...it's the suffocating, Ballardian sense of place and mental and physical deterioration that Wiles does so horribly well' - The Financial Times
'The book is joy unconfined: the reader is sucked along unstoppably, but glorying too with uncomfortable recognition. Fabulous in every sense' - The Spectator
'In Plume, Will Wiles both re-invents and murders the London novel, in a spectacular act of evil, surgical intensity' - Warren Ellis
'Wiles takes us deep into a subtly altered London at the mercy of the malign forces of gentrification, and seemingly in the hands of a mysterious tech maven whose new app can track every user at all times...an eerie and sometimes pretty sharp satire on the more sinister commodifications of modern life' - The Daily Mail
'Just brilliant, full of penetrating observations and an absolutely gorgeous dark-down wit' - Adam Roberts
'The perfect novel for our times' - James Smythe
'I was dazzled by it' - Sam Byers
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