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Summary

For four characters the 500 quid worry bead in their pocket may be both a blessing and a curse.

For elderly Dr Zachary Busner, it's his lifeline to his autistic grandson Ben, whose own connection with technology is, in turn, a vital one.

For MI6 agent Jonathan De'Ath, aka 'the Butcher', the phone may reveal his best kept secret of all: that Colonel Gawain Thomas is his lover.

©2017 Will Self (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Praise for the author: "Self is the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation." ( The Guardian)

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  • Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
  • 25-06-18

Too confusing to listen to

I found the story very confusing and rambling. It seemed to switch between characters without me noticing and Then I would get lost. I listen in the car so it only has about 50% of my attention but every other book has been fine, this one however I had very little idea what was going on most of the time.

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I tried!

I love Will Self but found this too hard going. I lapsed far to often to be able to follow and lost whole sections due to mind wandering!