Christmas Book Flood | Recommending reading


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Recommendations in this category collected between 21 October 2017 (the First Day of Winter in the Old Nordic calendar) and 12 April 2018 (the last day of the London Book Fair 2018) will be published on this page by 30 May 2018, the opening date for BookExpo America and the New York Rights’ Fair.

Towards the End of Morning
Michael Frayn
(UK: @FaberBooks, 2015; USA: @Valancourt_B, 2015)

Set in the waning years of London’s Fleet Street, this is the story of John Dyson and his colleagues in the crossword and nature-notes section of an obscure London newspaper. The ambitious young Dyson dreams wistfully of trading his dead-end job for the fame and fortune to be found in a career in television. But when he finally gets his big break – an invitation to appear on a TV program – it turns out instead to be the beginning of a series of hilarious disasters …

Regarded by many as the best novel ever written about journalists, Michael Frayn’s brilliantly funny Towards the End of the Morning (1967) is justly celebrated as a classic.

UK: ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | Waterstones | WHSmith
USA: NewPages guide to independent bookstores | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Canada: search engine | Amazon | Indigo
Rest of the world: Book Depository

Recommended by:
Paul Atherton, Managing Director, Simple (TV) Productions Ltd (film/television)

Paul says: ‘Capturing the last moments of fleet street by my favourite playwright.’

Paul has recently run a campaign to raise awareness of the Homeless in London by Living in a Car for a year. You can follow his progress via Twitter @LondonersLondon using the hashtag #LivingInACar