At the midpoint of Christopher Hope’s new novel, narrator Charlie Croker takes a photograph that represents an idealised moment between him and three friends, one which comes to signify the turning point between happiness and despondency. It’s a powerful moment in the book, one of many hidden memories at the heart of Shooting Angels that Croker is forced to unearth, most of which he has long since buried.
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