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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:09 pm 
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I'm reading this at the moment.

I've just found this gem, an uncanny prefiguring:

Melissa and the Singer (by Terry Grimwood)

My review of this story:

This is a brilliant story. Simple, staccato language suits Grimwood. Actually, with 'Melissa and the Singer', I was compelled to read to the end voraciously, quite agog. Both cringing and uplifting. I really felt Melissa's emotions. The stress of an office party in all ts nightmarishness. It is an effective story of a gauche, overweight girl in a highly believably-evoked office scenario of professional and personal politics. Presumably, this story was written before the Susan Boyle 'Britain's Got Talent' phenomenon? (The story is in a BOOK published in 2008). Whatever the case, it either prefigures (or echoes) that phenomenon with panache and memorability. I won't forget this story for a long time. I will continue fathoming how Melissa progresses beyond the story's end, Susan Boyle or not.

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I'm currently reading this too. Loved the premise behind "Breathe", and "The Friends of Mike Santini" has always been a personal favourite.

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I've now finished my detailed review of THE EXAGGERATED MAN by Terry Grimwood:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/the_ex ... imwood.htm

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