Jane Charteris

The Human Factor

The News Where You Are


Viking 310pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

There is little to be proud of in Britain’s record of post-war urban development, and out of all our blighted cities, Birmingham became a byword for the arrogant myopia of urban planners. Catherine O’Flynn’s second novel, The News Where You Are, looks beyond our second city’s impersonal infrastructure – where ‘the steady Euclidean geometry of the road network [descends] into a spaghetti of ellipses and oxbows’ and ‘crescents bloom from crescents in a tangled Mandelbrot soup’ – by placing at its heart the very thing those architects and planners seemed to have forgotten: people. 

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