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From my blog: The Disappearance Boy of the title is Reggie Rainbow, a magician's assistant in the 1950s. Reggie works for the rather nasty Teddy Brooks, a magician famous for making his glamorous assistants disappear from a box, with Reggie's behind the scenes help of course. The book is mainly set in Brighton in 1953, just before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Teddy has won a lucrative contract at the Brighton Grand which could lead to great things if his coronation show goes well. Teddy has recently sacked his last assistant, and taken on Pam. Pam and Reggie strike up a close fr
Skin Lane is stunning. As 2007 draws to a close, I’m confident that this is my novel of the year. It knocks spots off everything on the Booker longlist. The novel is noir-ish – it features Mr Freeman, a lonely bachelor who works as a master fur cutter in a small, family owned company in the city of London. It is 1967, the year that saw the summer of love and great social change. Mr Freeman, or Mr F as he is known to all, is a throwback. He has owned three brown suits in his 33 year working life. He lives alone and has no social life. He has never been in love. At times, his life feels