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Book review: Mr Rinyo-Clacton's Offer, by Russell Hoban

Russell Hoban wrote a number of excellent novels, several of which are already reviewed on this site. Between 1987 and 1996 he produced no new novels, but after this nine-year gap he returned to adult fiction with several more novels, working in spite of increasing ill-health. He died at the end of 2011.

Like many of Hoban's novels, this one is a first-person narration. The story is told by Jonathan Fitch, a young man who has lost the girl he loves because she found out that he had been carrying on with a large number of other women behind her back. He bitterly regrets this and is sitting on the floor, drunk and in despair, at the top of the stairs in the Piccadilly Tube station, where he is accosted by the eponymous Mr Rinyo-Clacton. He is a tall powerful man of enormous wealth (though the source of his wealth is never specified). [More]


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