Tragic and hilarious in equal measure, Tim Lott's story of Charlie and Maureen Buck's ailing marriage and their climb up (and down) the social ladder during the 1980s is a wonderfully honest portrait of ordinary people living through an extraordinary time.
Steeped in the decade's cataclysmic events, packed with the crimes and misdemeanours we visit on each another, "Rumours of a Hurricane" is a powerful tale of change, how we face it - and how we don't. 'An outstanding comic novel. Places the 1980s under sceptical and merciless scrutiny' - "Literary Review".
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/02/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780140284461
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Review by everyds
To say I loved this book is to gloss over how evocative and enthralling and uncomfortable and brilliant I found it. The writing is superb, as is the characterisation. This isn't a one-sided account of Thatcher's Britain, it opens up to evaluation Thatcher and police corruption and the individualist philosophy, but also racism and union corruption, as well as human responses to change - its a brilliant evocation of changing times, of old knowledge being discarded, but slowly and reluctantly, and new knowledge, not always better, being taken on board. This book really made me feel (and as a rule I avoid any books or movies that have the appendage 'powerful' or 'moving') not in the epic way of forced sentimentality or patriotism or those kinds of things, but the pain and vulnerability and exposure of the characters, both joy and sadness at their 'successes', particularly how these successes are defined by the times. This review sounds too naff for this book, better to read it than read this review!