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Glow by Ned Beauman
  

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Named by Granta as one of the 20 best novelists of his generation, this is Beauman’s third novel and something of a departure for him. A complex, sophisticated, modern thriller mostly set on the streets of London but truly international in its scope. Big business is mixed with politics, drugs and some very important foxes as our very ordinary hero finds himself in the middle of a very serious mystery.

If you like Ned Beauman you might also like to read books by Martin Amis, Emily Bullock and Lavie Tidhar.

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Synopsis

Glow by Ned Beauman

With GLOW, Ned Beauman has reinvented the international conspiracy thriller for a new generation. A hostage exchange outside a police station in Pakistan. A botched defection in an airport hotel in New Jersey. A test of loyalty at an abandoned resort in the Burmese jungle. A boy and a girl locking eyes at a rave in a South London laundrette ...For the first time, Britain's most exciting young novelist turns his attention to the present day, as a conspiracy with global repercussions converges on one small flat above a dentist's office in Camberwell.

Reviews

Undoubtedly a writer of prodigious talent * Financial Times * Gobsmackingly clever * Vanity Fair * A promising voice for the future of the written word and a force to be acknowledged in the here and now. * Dazed & Confused * Seriously intelligent and seriously funny at the same time. * Daily Telegraph * A singular and almost recklessly gifted, young writer. * Time * I love Ned Beauman's novels. * Philip Hensher * Beauman's writing is dazzlingly inventive. * The Times * Describing a Ned Beauman novel is like describing a rainbow, or the smell of a garden after a rainstorm. Yes, it's just light refracting and wet earth, but these prosy facts can never convey how beautiful, how utterly evocative they are . . . A Ned Beauman novel is a bit like a conversation with the most intellectually curious person you'll ever meet, but not the kind you'd slowly edge away from at parties . . . Just be warned: one Ned Beauman novel will lead inexorably down a rabbit hole of immediately gobbling up his other two. Tell your friends you'll be offline for a while. * The Londonist * As breathlessly engrossing as any whodunnit. * Mr Hyde, Shortlist.com * Beauman's writing is extremely readable ... also interspersed with fantastic imagery and metaphor that made me laugh out loud at times.... Wholeheartedly recommend! * Blackheath Readers * Beauman's writing is brilliantly funny and memorable. He doesn't just have an eye for detail but also chooses just the right words to give his observations a surreal twist. * Express * It's exciting to witness someone mythologizing London with such brains and humour, shards of reality strung into something both synthetic and magical. * Daily Telegraph * Complex themes are introduced not least tangents into neuroscience and Burmese history, but we are rarely disorientated for long. The twists when they come are unexpected and satisfying. * Observer * Glow is elevated to another level altogether by its brilliantly inventive narrative style... I can't recommend Glow enough. * Learn This Phrase * ...an inventive supercharged conspiracy thriller... Beauman is an admirably lean storyteller... He is capable of startlingly economical lyricism and is able to capture observational detail with breathtaking skill * Spectrum, Scotland on Sunday * Refreshingly hip * Bookbag * Sexy and urgent * Literary Review * It is worth taking a moment to celebrate Beauman's great originality and skill... he is playful, arresting, unnerving, opulent, rude and - above all - deliciously, startlingly, exuberantly fresh. * Guardian * Stuff so good is restores your faith in fiction... Glow is also a thrillingly literary book: every page offers sentences that are a pure pleasure to read, rhythmic and witty, full of resonant variation. This is the real deal: no turgid lyricism here... Beauman is predictably excellent at managing the sinousities of his convoluted plot. But the real pleasure of Glow is to be found, as with all Beaumans
work, in watching his lucid, informed intelligence at work on the page. Beauman is a prodigy

; he can do everything a novelist needs to be able to do .. and he does it all with such style that it looks effortless... It is the work of a writer who is already, at 29, something of a master. What more can you ask for than that? * Sunday Business Post (Ireland) * A good novel needs to immediately lure you in, taking away any excuse to seek entertainment elsewhere. On this point Ned Beauman certainly rises to the occasion...I can say, unequivocally, that Glow may mess with your head, but it is also addictively good. * The Times * Exciting , engaging and most importantly, really fun to read... effortless while also feeling sculpted with wonderful precision * Stylist * Glow is an inventive, supercharged conspiracy thriller set in contemporary London with occasional forays to Burma and Iceland . . . Beauman is an admirably lean storyteller and the acrobatic plot flips time zones and swaps points of view with the frantic, fierce pace of a computer game. His hypnotic, dystopian portrait of an edgy, youthful London of pills, parties and pirate radio makes you long to be 20 and in the swim again. He's capable of startlingly economical lyricism - a fox's tail is a 'bic flame' - and is able to capture observational detail with such skill that it can take your breath away. Glow is a fast-paced, slickly plotted conspiracy thriller written by a talented and energetic young writer. -- Melanie McGrath * Evening Standard * Beauman writes with panache. * Daily Mail * A thoroughly enjoyable, playful read . . . The narrative hooks immediately, as does the language, which is often delightfully inventive. There are also surprisingly tender scenes that add depth and humour.. . . Beauman has created a truly modern thriller that is as addictive as it is inventive. * The List * Unhinged, over-whelming and brilliant ... Beauman has taste: his antennae are acutely tuned to the stylish and resonant. * Independent *


About the Author

Ned Beauman was born in 1985 and lives in Bethnal Green, East London. He studied Philosophy at Cambridge University and has written for Dazed & Confused, AnOther, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and severall other magazines and newspapers. He is now at work on his second novel The Teleportation Accident.

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Publication date

8th May 2014

Author

Ned Beauman

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Publisher

Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781444765519

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