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FREE READ Plume by Will Wiles 100 Ý The dark doomy humour of Care of Wooden Floors mixed with the fantastical anarchic sense of possibility of The Way Inn brought together in a fast moving story set in contemporary LondonJack Bick is an interview journalist at a glossy lifestyle magazine From his office window he can see a black column of smoke in the sky tMen are drawn into a bizarre violent partnership that is both an act of defiance against the changing city and a surrender to its spreading darknessWith its rich emotional palette Plume explores the relationship between truth and memory personal truth journalistic truth novelistic truth It is a surreal and mysterious exploration of the precariousness of life in modern Londo. Well that was a surprisingly fascinating journey It’s amazing how compelling writing can be when one is drawn into someone else’s lifeThe take on contemporary London is frightening and sadly a lot of it is true Thankfully there is also the almost dystopian aspect that Tamesis brings to the party although it doesn’t take much imagination to envision a world where this is true to be fair it is mostly trueJacks need to suppress reality is almost palpable The portrayal of his alcoholism and downward spiral is so authentic that I can’t help liken it to Oliver Pierce’s portrayal of the mugging in Night Traffic If it were to be portrayed as non fiction I would certainly believe itJack from the start acknowledges and even seems to accept that he is headed towards rock bottom but does nothing to try and correct his path Factors beyond his control however have different plans for him and the journey we embark on both retrospectively and played out over the following few days is captivating to say the leastAnd then there is the Plume of course; ‘that was part of what made it impressive the fact that it was so obviously distant yet so very prominent’ Much like the possibility of disaster within Jacks downward spiral which of course the Need helps keep abstract in the distance anaesthetised but still prominentThanks NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for a review copy

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E city When Bick goes from being a high functioning alcoholic to being a non functioning alcoholic his life goes into freefall the smoke a harbinger of truth an omen of personal apocalypse An unpromising interview with Oliver Pierce a reclusive cult novelist unexpectedly yields a huge story one that could save his job But the novelist knows something about Bick and the two. I was drawn to this by the description but unfortunately it's not for me Other reviewers found it to be fast moving and witty I found it repetitive and lacking in charm Did not finish but I got nearly half way so I think I gave it a good chance

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Plume by Will WilThe dark doomy humour of Care of Wooden Floors mixed with the fantastical anarchic sense of possibility of The Way Inn brought together in a fast moving story set in contemporary LondonJack Bick is an interview journalist at a glossy lifestyle magazine From his office window he can see a black column of smoke in the sky the result of an industrial accident on the edge of th. The whole time I was reading Plume I kept thinking I can't account for how compelling this is All 350 of its pages are devoted to events that unfold over a handful of days The concept of a failing writer sliding into depression and personal chaos is not exactly unexplored territory for literary fiction The narrator devotes whole paragraphs to describing mundane actions – a delayed journey to work a gruelling meeting the opening of a can of lager – with levels of detail that should be soporific Yet it's all completely rivetingJack Bick is a journalist and alcoholic whose life is to put it bluntly falling apart The luxury lifestyle magazine he writes for is struggling and Jack with his unmet deadlines and two hour lunches is an obvious candidate for redundancy if he doesn't just get fired first Though freuently distracted by alcohol he develops a plan of action profile Oliver Pierce a reclusive writer who hasn't published so much as a tweet in four years The interview yields an exclusive bigger than anything Jack could've imagined but to actually pull it off he'll need to outsmart his own addiction persuade the reluctant Pierce out of hiding and dodge the machinations of an all seeing tech mogul known as FA And the title First and foremost it's a reference to an immense column of smoke towering over London visible from Jack's office; the result of a huge fire in the east Jack continues to be haunted by the smoke long after it disappears from the city's skyline There are also the birds cockatoos specifically Jack sees everywhere a repeated reminder of a childhood lie the first time he remembers inventing a story to make himself sound interesting It's also a nod to our narrator whose name is a nom de plume He was born James Bickerton but Jack Bick sounds ' Vice' represents 'the young writer the edgy journalist' he wishes to be perceived asThe above description doesn't really do much justice to how enjoyable the novel is though because the magic is in the writing Jack's narrative is urgent funny and plaintive a candid internal monologue studded with neologisms It's no surprise that he saves his most poetic lines for the description of alcohol 'the spreading uenching coolth' of his beloved Stella ArtoisPlume sits at a particular juncture where stories about personal decline intersect with stories about contemporary Britain I'm thinking of Keith Ridgway's Animals and Hawthorn Child particularly but also Ned Beauman's Glow Sam Byers' Perfidious Albion and Hugo Wilcken's The Execution Like all of the above Plume is excellent combining a captivating narrative voice with just the right amount of weirdnessI received an advance review copy of Plume from the publisher through NetGalleyTinyLetter | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr