Bought 13 May 2006 – Bookends in Hay-on-Wye

Story of an Indian restaurant in North London, centering on the proprietor, one of his waiters, the girl who rents the flat upstairs, and an elderly Polish man she meets in the street. It was well done but I have to say it felt rather first-novelly (which it is) and a little sixth-formery in places (like If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things but not so much so). For example the descriptions of the cat (to which nothing nasty happened – hooray!) were extremely detailed and perceptive, but had a slight feel of having been a writing exercise which was then used in the book.

But all in all a good one and I loved Balu and the descriptions of his life – I will look out for more by this author.