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The Planner Tom Campbell

The Planner By Tom Campbell

The Planner by Tom Campbell

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Bitingly funny, glitteringly dark and bursting with humanity, Fold is a tale of friendship and rivalry, of jokers and kings, and of learning that it's not the hand life deals you, but what you do with it, that counts

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The Planner by Tom Campbell

James is exactly what you'd expect from one of London's most promising, young town planners. He's cautious, respected by colleagues and performs well in team meetings. But while James understands the glitter and grime of the city better than almost anyone, he hasn't actually experienced much of it. And, as he watches his university friends blossom bewilderingly into rich and successful adults, he has the nagging sense that he has somehow fallen by the wayside. That is, until he meets Felix, who navigates the glamorous and cynical capital with sophisticated ease. Felix introduces James to a London that he has never known, and which doesn't feature in the planning manuals: a world of private clubs and executive football boxes; of book launches, contemporary art galleries, suburban drug dealers and dates with women even more exotic than the peculiar vodka shots they drink. But London is an expensive city in many ways, and the world Felix has opened up comes at a cost. James may know how to design housing estates and high streets, but is it really possible to redraw the masterplan for his own life? And what will he lose along the way?

The Planner Reviews

Made me laugh more times than any book in recent times, while being in some ways colossally sad. Campbell treats the subject of modern London with an elegant, vicious wit that is hugely addictive, but also with a sort of compassion and even affection. A genuinely funny, scathing, intelligent book that manages to nail both the lunacy of modern urban living and the more general problem of being a human being * Mark Watson *
Compelling, mysterious and deeply beguiling, The Planner maintains its suspense until the very last page * Matt Thorne *
Campbell's congenial satire is often acutely observed and his morsel of pabulum are always palatable ... Most importantly, Campbell has created his own strategic framework to achieve the key objective of commanding our sustained attention ... A consistently enjoyable page-turner * Independent on Sunday *
His tumultuous journey of hedonism and aspiration is told in refreshingly plain (and sometimes explicit) language, with witty observations about the city that are wickedly accurate ... Both hilarious and insightful ***** * Lady *
I'm spoilt for choice with lines to quote from this deliciously cynical view of London's bright young things * Sainsbury's Magazine *
This modern Pygmalion - a darkly comic look at London today through the eyes of an everyman - again has a definite Hornbyesque feel * Western Mail *
Campbell writes amusingly about London's neighbourhoods and snobberies * Guardian *
London is comically framed through the eyes of this ordinary man and resists order, morality and good economic sense. And therein lies the injustice, but also the thrill, of modern urban living * Financial Times *

About Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell read history at Edinburgh University. Fold, his first novel, was published by Bloomsbury in 2011 to critical acclaim. He lives in north London with his wife and three sons.

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The Planner by Tom Campbell
Used - Like New
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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