The Good Mayor, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


"The Good Mayor" is a magical debut novel. It is a love story and a story about love.Set in the little town of Dot in a forgotten part of the Baltic, it tells the story of Tibo Krovic, the good and honest Mayor of Dot, and his love for his secretary, the beautiful, lonely, but married, Mrs Agathe Stopak.In the quiet, respectable town of Dot, there is nothing that Tibo can do about his love for Mrs Stopak but, one day when she accidentally drops her lunch in a fountain, everything changes and their lives will never be the same again."The Good Mayor" contains love, loss, magic, friendship, wonderful food, a brass band, an Italian witch, a large lawyer, an occasional dog and a car chase that takes place at walking pace."The Good Mayor" is one of the best and most exciting debut novels in years and Andrew Nicoll is destined to become a major voice in UK literature.Read "The Good Mayor" and fall in love again.


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Whilst the back of nearly every novel now comes complete with a series of quotes praising the contents in glowing terms, the enthusiasm expressed for The Good Mayor is particularly strong. The Telegraph reviewer goes as far as to describe it as one of the best books she has ever read.Personally, my enthusiasm rating is at best right in the middle of the scale, hence my 2.5 stars. To be fair this "magic realism" sort of thing is not really my cup of tea, although it is really only towards the end that this element comes to the fore, when one of the major characters decides that he or she is turning into a dog (I've kept the gender a secret so as not to give too much away). Prior to that it reads like a perfectly feasible novel set in an imaginery place, sure the narrator is the patron saint of the town looking down upon and describing the actions of the characters, but there's nothing particularly magical about that, with the exception of novels written in the first person, it's what all narrators do.There were a couple of paragraphs in different chapters that I thought were absolutely brilliant, as for the other 300 odd pages I neither loved them nor loathed them.