Books - Review

England, EnglandThe story centres on the life and career of Martha, who, following the childhood stresses of an absent father, goes to work for Sir Jack Pitman, successful millionaire industrialist. Sir Jack dreams of realising his final immortalising project of turning the Isle of Wight into an England theme park. Work goes ahead on the park which swiftly becomes a more concentrated and successful version of England than England itself, leading to political and social changes on the mainland. Meanwhile Martha also discovers some unpleasant truths about Sir Jack's private life - can she use these to her advantage?
by Julian Barnes
Score: 6.5
Published: 1998
Read: October 4th 2012


John said

Hmmm. Bit of a struggle to finish this one really, although the underlying ideas were great, and the characters OK, it all just seemed to land a bit wide of the mark for me. Set in a not too distant future, some of the situations/events were too daft (the Royal Family, for instance), to be at all realistic. Anyway, more importantly, they just had "Julian Barnes' Novels" as the final category on "Pointless" yesterday, and I would have won the money with this book, so it's not all bad :)

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