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Richard Grey is recovering in hospital from a terrorist attack. In addition to physical injury he suffers from memory loss and so is naturally suspicious when he receives a visit from a woman claiming to be his ex-lover. Sue is an enigma. Initially a fairly unprepossessing woman, Richard becomes intrigued by her visits and begins to remember a passionate but jealous relationship, spoiled by the the existence of Sue's lover Niall, a man who maintains a strong and peculiar hold over her. This is a story that looks at past events through the eyes of two different characters. What we learn is that their memories of their past life differ completely and that Sue claims a secret so bizarre that it goes completely beyond rationality. However it also makes a strange sort of sense when we consider how we all perceive or indeed fail to perceive the people around us.
This is a science fiction story that mixes the ordinary with the extraordinary so successfully that you can believe you are reading about two real people and that their experiences are something we could all share. Although set in slightly more recent times, the atmosphere reminds me a little of The Prisoner, where everything just doesn't seem right and especially with the omnipresence of the very malevolent but charismatic Niall.
This is not an easy listen but is instead something to be savoured and thought about in detail. If you give this a chance you will be rewarded in abundance.
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Christopher Priest is a bit hit and miss, but The Glamour is definitely a hit. The writing is fantastic and the story compelling. It's the journey with Priest more than the ending I think and this is a roller coaster ride through a weird world where you're not quite sure what is real and what is imagined. I highly recommend it, especially if you loved Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce.
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