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A stunning debut novel set in the murky worlds of telephone salesmen and supermarket shelf-stackers.

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David Szalay was born in Canada in 1974 and moved to London the following year. Though his parents insist this was a temporary arrangement, he is still there. Since limping through an English degree at Oxford University, he has tried his hand at a number of things, including film-making (his debut, The Old Soldier, was dubbed 'the worst film ever made') and photography (only paid assignment - a wedding, the couple since divorced). He spent a number of years in telesales, during which time he wrote several radio plays for the BBC. London and the South-East is his first novel. He lives in London.


One of the great English novels of recent years, a work of sublime literary realism, and a blackly comic meditation on the sins and sorrows of modernity -- Rachel Cusk
Wonderfully dark * The Times *
A terrific debut, written in a present tense which flashes every so often into the past - a trick which Szalay pulls off with confidence... a tense and compelling read * Independent *
A funny, painful, graphic demonstration that our job is a crucial part of our identity.... It's compulsively readable * Independent on Sunday *
Szalay's satire is sharp, though his depictions of rush-hour raise the blood pressure to levels that are not advisable -- Nicholas Lezard * Guardian *

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