With Glow, Ned Beauman has reinvented the international conspiracy thriller for a new generation. A hostage exchange outside a police station in Pakistan. A botched defection in an airport hotel in New Jersey. A test of loyalty at an abandoned resort in the Burmese jungle. A boy and a girl locking eyes at a rave in a South London laundrette...
For the first time, Britain's most exciting young novelist turns his attention to the present day, as a conspiracy with global repercussions converges on one small flat above a dentist's office in Camberwell.
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Intelligent, absorbing, satisfying
Glow moves along at a smart pace where the present is interwoven with expanding ripples from the past, and the small events of city life become haunted by the increasingly ominous shadow of a global corporation. Never once does the listener get lost or left behind as the story twists, turns and expands. Ned Beauman assumes an intelligent audience; none of the technical aspects of the story are dumbed down and the clarity of the storytelling ensures that even a lay person in the realm of recreational pharmaceuticals does not flounder through the occasional chemical conversation. Whether the story is approached as true to life fiction or an urban fantasy is entirely up the listener but it's such a small consideration that it should have no bearing on the sheer enjoyment of an excellent tale. The narration by Jamie Parker was close to perfect. No forced accents or over the top renderings, just subtle, deftly handled characters that let the story speak for itself. And the foxes... don't forget the foxes...
- Emma Churchouse
Half realism, half fantasy