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Flamingo, 2002 - Fiction - 535 pages
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Spurting with kinetic energy, nasty wit, and kindness to animals, Wesley ought to be a star. Or so it seems to the "Behindlings" -- followers who nip at his heels, turn up everywhere he goes, and lie in wait for him around every corner. They skulk through the dreary streets of their tiny English town, gathering their own scabby intentions, irritating habits, and weird manners, burying all differences in the common pursuit of their true prize, their Wesley. In Behindlings, the inimitable and ungovernable Nicola Barker takes her most compelling character to date, gives him his head and her novel, and sees him run off with her readers.

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

God this was difficult. I'm in two minds about it. On the one hand there are some outbursts of exceptionally fine writing, like this from chapter ten: “Dewi chewed solemnly on a heavily-salted tomato ... Read full review

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User Review  - Roseredlee - LibraryThing

This is vintage Barker. She manages to create surreal plots which nevertheless make perfect sense, and this one about a weird cult is a prime example. As ever, descriptions are nailed with endless ... Read full review


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