Adrian Turpin

The Concern



Little Brown 404pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

A nameless man lies in a hospital bed. A shadowy organisation runs the world. A boy grows up in a religious sect. Fans of Iain Banks will find him revisiting quite a lot of old ground in his new novel. The Bridge, The Business and Whit are just three previous fictions that this book self-consciously echoes. Throw in a dodgy capitalist geezer, some extreme sadism and a few high-definition sex scenes and what we have is the literary equivalent of a greatest hits album.

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