John Lanchester - Mr Phillips (2nd Hand Paperback)
One warm July morning Mr Phillips climbs out of bed, leaving Mrs Phillips dozing. He prepares for his commute into the city - but this is no ordinary Wednesday.
It is a day on which Mr Phillips will chat with a pornographer, stalk a tv mini-celebrity, have lunch with an aspiring record mogul, and get caught up in a bank robbery.
It is, as Mr Phillips comes to realise, the first day of the rest of his life - whether he wants it to be or not.
All this is both better and worse than being at work. So why is Mr Phillips, a cautious middle-aged accountant, not behind his desk calculating the financial consequences of redundancies or recommending the savings to be made from more responsible use of yellow sticky note pads?
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Good (Almost Very Good)
- Category : Fiction - Humorous Fiction
- First Published : 2000 (This Edition 2013 - Faber & Faber)
- ISBN : 9780571294862
- SKU : B002781
- PPC : LL300gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"What saves from the book from being weirdly boring is Lanchester's skill in capturing Mr Phillips' inner voice: as the ex-accountant schleps around town he is constantly working out, for instance, how many women take their clothes off for money, or how much more likely it is one will die on any given week than win the National Lottery (about 3,000 times more likely). All this is very witty and very well done - and very much the meat of the book. If the novel is ultimately aimless, that is, of course, the point. John Lanchester has taken an average day in an averagely tragic life and made from it, if not great art, a readable, amusing and perceptive novel." - Sean Thomas.
"Written with a sensitive feel for human nature. Keeps one interested from beginning to end, anticipating the next humorous or cynical observation of the lead character.
The author is a skilful analyst of human nature and shares an intimate relationship with both reader and book character." - Google Review.
"Absolute blinder of a book . . . " - Zadie Smith.
John Henry Lanchester is a British journalist and novelist. He was born in Hamburg, brought up in Hong Kong and educated in England; between 1972 and 1980 at Gresham's School in Holt, Norfolk, then at St John's College, Oxford.
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