Sam Leith

On the Road to Nowhere

The Scheme for Full Employment

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WHAT MOST PEOPLE remember about Magnus Mills – despite his being short-listed for the Booker and Whitbread Prizes – is that he used to be a bus driver. The poor man must sometimes wish he could appear in the press without being the ‘bus driver turned scribbler’. In his latest novel, he turns necessity to advantage: it’s wistful, bone-dry satirical fable about van drivers.

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