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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more 40 years ago, when I went right through the early 1900's genre of detective stories. I found it a bit slow in 2018
Would you be willing to try another book from Donald Henderson? Why or why not?
Not really for the same reason as above
What three words best describe Tim Frances’s performance?
Appropriate for the genre and period (sorry - 6 words)
Did Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper inspire you to do anything?
If you read a lot of early 20th century fiction you will be astounded that this unusual and gloriously well written book was lost for so long. Henderson creates a glamour-less, seedy world which lives and breathes: imagine the people who are missing from Sayers saying and doing the things that are unmentionable or discreetly veiled in Christie. 1940s British society would have found it shocking, uncomfortable, sordid - and eminently recognisable. At a time when the party line demanded unswerving patriotism, moral fibre and cheerfulness, Mr Bowling sleeps with whomever propinquity offers - with absentminded bathos - and is so bored by the war and despairing of his dreary life that murder seems a completely reasonable idea...No wonder one contemporary reader described the book as “the last word in filth”... and no wonder Raymond Chandler read it again and again. Henderson’s world is chilly, bleak, exhausted and full of humour, and the monstrous Mr Bowling and all the lovingly described awfulness of the people who make up his world held me spellbound to the end.
Mr Bowling is a serial killer who wants to get caught! He has murdered and got away with it thus benefiting financially. Over time his murders get sloppier and sloppier and he buys the paper to see if his work has been noted. So on that premis it makes for an interesting and refreshing read.
The story is set mainly in War time London and contains dry humour and minimal gore, swearing etc. Though it can be horrifying at times. Slow paced and not edge of the seat stuff it's just a refreshing change to modern crime thrillers. It's let down slightly by dragging on a bit but on the whole I'm glad I listened to it. But its not a ' cosy crime' IMHO
Glad it's been re-issued.
Narration was good :)