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Zoo Time (Hardback)
  • Zoo Time (Hardback)
Hardback Published: 30/08/2012
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Novelist Guy Ableman is in thrall to his vivacious wife Vanessa, beautiful but contrary, highly strung and blazingly angry. The trouble is, he is no less in thrall to her alluring mother, Poppy. Their provocative presence fills Guy's head with stories so wild he can't concentrate to write them. Not that anyone reads anymore, anyway. Reading, Guy fears, is finished. His publisher, fearing the same, has committed suicide. His agent, like all agents, is in hiding. Vanessa, however, is writing her own novel. Guy dreads the consequences...Our funniest writer at his brilliant best, Zoo Time is a novel about love - love of women, love of literature, love of laughter.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781408828687

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30th August 2012
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“Interesting concept, witty but uninvolving”

I wasn't familiar with Howard Jacobson's writing, but was intrigued by the premise of the book - an author, struggling for recognition & inspiration, believes that having an affair with his mother-in-law... More

5th September 2012
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“A struggle...”

I really really wanted to enjoy this book. I'd never read any Howard Jacobson before, but knew he had previously won the Man Booker, and been called 'the funniest writer we have' (or something similar),... More

16th September 2012
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