Wednesday 12 June 2019

Book review

Plume by Will Wiles

I was over the moon when I heard Will Wiles had written a new novel.

His first two books, Care of Wooden Floors and The Way Inn, were both instant favourites, despite being wildly different from each other.

The former was like an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm written by Magnus Mills; the latter was pure surrealism, shifting from a satire about business conferences and hotel chains to something more akin to The Matrix or Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

So I wondered where on earth would Wiles go with book three. London, as it turns out, where we see a boozy magazine journalist slowly losing his grip, trapped in a dying industry while being swallowed up by modern city life.    

It’s a relentless and suffocatingly gripping story that’s perfectly observed, sinister and yet also wildly witty. 

Wiles is a very talented writer who really ought to be more widely known. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Plume is out now, published by Fourth Estate.

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