Monday, 24 January 2011
The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn
The News Where You Are is one of those books that is not bad at all, it won't blow anyone away either and could be described as a gentle, inoffensive read.
The main character is Frank; a news presenter who has been in the business for 20 years. He is famous for his bad one-liners which he pays someone to write for him earning himself a bit of a fan base among students. When his old mentor Phil dies in a strange accident Frank, in his humdrum way, grieves for his friend while tracking down relatives of a man, Michael, who died alone.
Frank is one of the good people and so is his wife and daughter and so is almost everyone else in the novel. The themes of loss and change involving buildings, memories and people are very prevalent that they were almost forced onto the reader but unfortunately these themes did not quite satisfy me.
Overall this was an enjoyable enough read filled with likeable characters and plenty of humorous moments. This is not a novel filled with plot, instead it focuses on some colourful characters and Franks musings about the past and renewal.
The author début novel What Was Lost has had rave reviews and I will certainly be checking that out.
Posted by Jess