The Champion

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Pan Macmillan UK, Jan 27, 2011 - Fiction - 300 pages
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Charles Pemberton has lived his whole life in the same small town: he went to the best local school, he lived in one of the finest houses and his parents were, effectively, middle-class aristocracy. His quiet life of privileged contentment might well have continued undisturbed, were it not for the arrival of Clark 'Large' Rossiter...In this uncharismatic town, Large is the biggest personality, equally capable of magnetic charm and all-consuming wrath; he terrorizes the old guard and shakes up the established hierarchy in his relentless pursuit of money, status and, eventually, revenge.Filled with Binding's typical perspicacity, but leavened with a refreshing wit, this is England: greedy, flabby and vulnerable. Through the lives of Charles and Large, Binding chronicles the vertiginous period from Thatcher to Blair – years all the more prescient for their similarity to the current boom and bust. The Champion is literary satire at its savage best.

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I feel very annoyed about this book. I absolutely loved it up until about the final twenty pages. The plot had been very cleverly laid, based around the relationships and rivalries of a group of ... Read full review

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A wonderful exploration of small town England. Nuances of class, privelege, snobbery, money, lust and revenge melded over a period of 25 years. Seething undercurrents in an otherwise nondescript world. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Tim Binding was born in Germany in 1947. He is the author of In the Kingdom of Air, A Perfect Execution, Island Madness, On Ilkley Moor, Anthem and Man Overboard. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

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