Tuesday, 17 February 2009

'Book of the Day'

Today's 'Book of the Day' is Gary Davison's 'Fat Tuesday'

Published by Paperbooks in September 2008 'Fat Tuesday' is a fast paced, thriling and highly entertaining read.

Determined not to follow in his late father's footsteps, Spencer Hargreaves turns his back on a multi-million pound inheritance and takes off backpacking. Three months later, he makes Australia's Ten Most Wanted. Hiding out on the gold coast, amid the madness of Mardi Gras, Spencer and his friends experiment with everything they can get their hands on, leaving Spencer struggling to hold onto reality...

"In a book that sets a cracking pace from the very beginning and spares little time for long bouts of introspection, the description of Fat Tuesday shows Gary Davison at his most dynamic. He paints a vibrant picture of the masquerade, of the exuberance of the crowds and the wildness of the festivities, which I found infectious and made me wish it might have been sustained a little longer, before Spencer's past begins to catch up with im in the final third of the novel...part of the charm of Fat Tuesday is that it's a fast-paced story about a rapid journey and that neither lingers over-long in any one place. Gary Davison has achieved a startling sharpness in his writing. It's fast and dizzying and wonderfully wild, and I'm looking forward to the publication of his second book." - The View From Here

"Not every book can be great literature, but it doesn't mean they can't be good fun. I whizzed through Fat Tuesday in two quick sitting. It is short, fast paced and a thoroughly enjoyable romp.

Spencer inherits a fortune from his arsehole of a father but turns his back on it and buggers off to Australia. There he falls in with a bunch of lovable slackers. They all work at the local supermarket and, more out of boredom than anything else, decide to rob it.

It isn't spoiling anything to let you know that all doesn't quite go to plan. Where would be the fun in that?

I reckon that if I was still in my teens or twenties then I would have loved this. It has a sort of young Bukowski feel to it. I am a bit older and wiser now, so enjoyed it more as a bystander." - Scott Pack's blog Me and My Big Mouth

Fat Tuesday'
mixes thriller with intrigue, a great combination that will appeal to those who are interested in stories about con artists. Set in Australia, we get to follow the challenges that Spencer faces. A troubled yet likeable character.


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