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Canongate, 2008 - Bildungsromans - 344 pages
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Sounds like easy money: collecting an antique for a rich stranger. Alan Allen, freshly unemployed, short of cash, and caught up in a bizarre case of mistaken identity, is about to find out otherwise. But not before being swept on a European wild-goose chase in this refreshing, surreal and gloriously funny novel.

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User Review  - Gary - Goodreads

I read about half. It sounds great from the blurb but the way it's written is terrible. I found it confusing, surreal, unclear and too hard to follow. I went back about 10 pages a few times in a bid to understand but just found it all so lame and poorly presented. Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew (Ace) - Goodreads

100 pages in, I ditched it ! Too surreal for me. The characters weren't at all likeable and the way the speech was presented was really confusing. Read full review

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James Meek was born in London in 1962 and grew up in Dundee. Drivetime was his second novel. His book The People's Act of Love (2005) won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the SAC Book of the Year Award, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into more than twenty languages. He has published two collections of short stories, Last Orders (1992) and The Museum of Doubt (2000), which was shortlisted for a Macmillan Silver Pen award. His most recent novel We Are Now Beginning our Descent draws on his reporting for the Guardian from Afghanistan on the war against the Taliban and the liberation of Kabul. His journalism on Iraq and about Guantánamo Bay won a number of British and international awards.He now lives in London.

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