From: marianne.macdonald@lineone.net
Date: 19 Aug 2000

I remember somebody asking a few days ago about British hb. I've just finished and very much liked a new first book by somebody called JJConnolly: LAYER CAKE. I have no idea where he comes from; but the book is a very energetic London drug-gangs story. The use of English is very lively but -- a warning to North Americans -- also very slangy. The book is written in the first-person, and there were passages where even I didn't understand more than two thirds of the words, and I live in London. BUT if you can roll with it, the vocabulary gives you a tremendous sense of the social setting, and the sheer energy of the story. And it's funny, too. I liked the ending. The publishers are Duck Editions (Duckworth). If you get a chance, have a look at it.

Marianne Macdonald

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