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Book Title: Eleven|
The size of the: 31.22 MB
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: August 1st 2010
The author of the book: Mark Watson
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9781847379689
Read full description of the books Eleven:What a lucky find. I have been to see Mark Watson's stand-up performance before, and really enjoy his sense of humour, but I had no idea he could write as well! And while his stand-up can be quite frenetic at times, his writing (in this case, at least) is very measured and restrained. The comparisons to David Nicholls are spot-on in my opinion - love them both.
Watson's humour and his fondness of Australia shine through, but this is not a comedy. It's almost a parable - a story about action and inaction. Xavier Ireland has run away from his life in Melbourne; away from his family and his tight-knit, friends-since-primary-school little 'gang', to start over in London. There, over the past 5 years, he has become reasonably successful and popular as the host of a radio program on the graveyard shift. During this particular London winter, Xavier's failure to effectively intervene in a bullying incident out on the street, has a knock-on effect for 11 characters.
We don't know why Xavier left Melbourne until well into the second half of the book. When the reason was finally revealed, my heart was in my mouth. I would almost say it had more of an impact than the ending, which left a bit to the reader's imagination.
The beauty of this story is in the detailed characterisation of what might at first appear to be a rather large cast. But that detail makes it easy to keep track of everyone and where they fit in the interconnectedness of all things.
Highly recommended, 4.5★
Read information about the authorMark Andrew Watson (born 13 February 1980) is an English stand-up comedian and novelist.
Watson was born in Bristol to Welsh parents. He has younger twin sisters called Emma and Lucy and brother Paul. He attended Henleaze Junior school and then Bristol Grammar School, where he won the prize of 'Gabbler of the year', before going to Queens' College, Cambridge, where he studied English, graduating with first class honours. At university he was a member of the Footlights and contemporary of Stefan Golaszewski, Tim Key and Dan Stevens. He was part of the revue which was nominated for the Best Newcomer category in the Perrier Comedy Awards at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and also co-directed a revue with Key.
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