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Having found too much of Banksie's recent fiction disappointing, I bought this one out of curiosity as much as anything. His skill as a writer certainly shows through, significantly better than the likes of Bill Bryson, for example, in terms of a travel book. So this looks like a welcome addition to the Banks canon.
I also found the autobiographical aspect interesting, in that it made his fiction, such as Against a Dark Background and Use of Weapon, seem more accomplished in comparison to his day-to-day activities.
If only he can get more enthusiastic about future fiction titles, and inject some life into them, instead of going through the motions. Making them about 250 pages long might be a good target, so that he can fit some quality work into his 12 week, working year.
He also made me laugh at his idea of a writer barely keeping the wolf from the door.
User - Charles Smyth from Belfast, Co Antrim United Kingdom
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