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Matt Beaumont lives in London with his wife, the writer Maria Beaumont, and their children.
February 2009 Book of the Month. In a multi-voiced, first person narrative we follow characters large and small through a convoluted plot that has groups of people crossing and their experiences laid one on top of another. It is most impressive, highly hypnotic and illustrates a slice of contemporary urban life that I would recommend to readers of both genders and any age. Don’t look at the cover which slants the book towards the female market for this is a tale of life today. Brilliant. Comparison: Joshua Ferris, Nick Hornby, John O’Farrell.
Humour and pathos abound in this novel by Matt Beaumont. Each character tells their story in the first person, switching our perspective as the story moves along. This makes for quite a fast pace and also an interesting look at how we each view each other and how different our perception of situations and people can be. There is a great cross section of characters who are all interlinked and what starts off as a quite comedic novel turns in to a fascinating comment on relationships and society today with quite a dark edge.
Will is the sort of character who is just too good to be true. He copes with classes of dysfunctional teenagers. Where his peers throw their hands up in horror, Will cajoles, understands, encourages and, of course, consequently gets the best out of them. So when trouble hits him it is to the street-wise that he turns for help. I loved this light-hearted romp, a morality tale with lots of soul.Similar this month: None but try Joe Keenan.Comparison: Colin Bateman, Mark Barrowcliffe, John O’Farrell.
Very early on we learn that boring, frightened Murray has only a few months to live. Have you thought about it? I have, and in many ways Iâd do what this character does â€¦ live a bit, only I hope I donât attract his problems! This is wacky stuff, written with rip-roaring pace, full of hilarious and unlikely scenarios and weird but lovable characters, a true comic novel of style. Catch his email novel, e, too and an equally crazy media one, The Book, The Film, The T-Shirt.Comparison: John OâFarrell, Mike Gayle, David Nicholls.Similar this month: Frank Schaeffer, Alistair Beaton.
Out of the ashes of doomed ad agency Miller Shanks has risen Meerkat 360, a very 21st century workplace. Staff include David Crutton, an MD with the worst email signature in history; Milton Keane, a definitely-straight PA with a yearning for reality tv fame; Liam O'Keefe, a creative with an online gambling addiction who may be linked with the contents of the stationery cupboard appearing on eBay; and Harvey Harvey, a creative who politely replies to pornographic spam and who might just have met his future wife online - a rich Nigerian princess in deep trouble... Told entirely via emails, texts, webchat and blogs, the long-awaited follow up to E is a hilariously funny insight into the hearts, minds and inboxes of the world's most engagingly dysfunctional ad agency.
An unforgettable first novel, an author to shout about, a campaign to ensure that everyone knows this is the funniest, sharpest read of the year. Consisting entirely of staff emails, e spends a fortnight in the company of Miller Shanks, an advertising agency that scales dizzying peaks of incompetence. Among the cast are a CEO with an MBA from the Joseph Stalin School of Management, a Creative Director who is a genius, if only in his own head, designers and copywriters driven by breasts, beer or Bach Flower Remedies, and secretaries who drip honey and spit blood. The novel is a tapestry of insincerity, backstabbing and bare-arsed bitchiness: that is to say, everyday office politics. Oh yes, and there is some work to be done too - the quest for advertising's Eldorado, the Coca-Cola account. e is sleazy, scurrilous and scabrously funny. It also contains a first-class joke about the Pope and sound advice on the maintenance of industrial carpet tiles.