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Soft by Rupert Thomson


Soft by Rupert Thomson

The objective of advertising is to change the behaviour of the consumer so they purchase more of the product. That, at any rate, is the theory. But Jimmy Lyle may have taken things a bit too far with his controversial strategy for the UK launch of Kwench! When the new orange soft-drink hits the streets, it triggers a series of events he could not have anticipated. Certainly he never dreamed it would plunge him into the twilight world of synchronised swimming. Nor did he think it would end in murder ...


`This exuberant, demonic novel, beautifully constructed in its writing, is as tightly constructed as a cat's cradle ... an undoubted triumph ... It sticks, appropriately, in the mind like a hook' * Mail on Sunday * `Brilliant ... Thomson's achievement is to have put a thrillingly contemporary twist on the institutionalised corruption theme of so much popular fiction' * Independent * `Thomson has the storyteller's knack of keeping you glued to the page ... Impressive and compulsive' * Telegraph * `Tough, funny and scary ... Hypnotic and charming ... Painterly, he sets words against one another so their meanings seem to pool and bleed, making something new' * Independent on Sunday *

About the Author

Rupert Thomson

Born on the south coast of England in 1955, Rupert Thomson was educated at Christ's Hospital School. At the age of seventeen he won a scholarship to Cambridge University where he studied Medieval History and Political Thought. In his twenties, he spent four years working as a copywriter in London, but in 1982 he moved to Italy where he started work on a novel. Dreams of Leaving was published in 1987, and was hailed in the Times as 'extraordinarily elegant, evocative and funny', while the New Statesman wrote: 'When someone writes as well as Thomson does, it makes you wonder why other people bother'. Since then, he has published six more highly acclaimed novels, two of which, Air and Fire and The Insult have been shortlisted for awards. Though his books consistently defy categorisation, the San Francisco Chronicle came closer than most when it described him as a ‘twisted British fabulist’. During the past twenty years he has lived in many cities, including London, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Rome. He currently lives in Barcelona.

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Publication date

30th August 2012


Rupert Thomson

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


320 pages


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



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