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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 256
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
The deliciously sharp new novel from Ferdinand Mount, author of the Sunday Times Book of the Year Kiss Myself Goodbye Ferdinand Mount's stinging satire plunges into the dubious world of London PR firms, the back rooms of Westminster and the campaign trail in Africa and America. We follow the hapless Dickie Pentecost, redundant diplomatic correspondent for a foundering national newspaper, together with his stern oncologist wife Jane, and their daughters Flo, an aspiring ballerina, and the quizzical teenager Lucy. The whole family find themselves entangled in an ever more alarming series of events revolving around the elusive Ethel (full name Ethelbert), dynamic founder of the soaring public relations agency Making Nice. With echoes of Evelyn Waugh and The Thick of It, Making Nice is a masterly take on the madness of contemporary society and the limitless human capacity for self-deception.
Ferdinand Mount's exquisite writing draws you into a gorgeously horrid world of lies, where all authenticity is faked, and where the biggest deceptions are the ones we practise upon ourselves. Perhaps you recognise the place he's talking about. He exposes such cold truths with such warmth - I am in eternal awe of his writing, wherever I find it. * Marina Hyde * Mount's storytelling is irresistible * Literary Review * One of our finest prose stylists * Daily Telegraph * Making Nice is the funniest, shrewdest, most elegant novel I have read in years. What will Mount conjure up next? * The Oldie * ...like all his novels...show his gifts for comedy, physical description and for capturing idiosyncratic mannerisms. * Wall Street Journal * ...This pacey book is great fun to read. * Sunday Times * At Making Nice's heart is a serious lesson about the fine line between success and scandal, truth and lies. * Chloe Ashby, The Spectator * A razor-sharp comedy of political misfortunes. * Literary Review * Mr Mount has written a satire to be consumed in one sitting, a pointed critique of the modern world delivered with pluck and verve. * The Economist * [Mount] is very good on behavioural quirks, often evoking them with unexpected analogies... Making Nice is a comedy of manners with satirical trappings, and highly enjoyable, too. * Nicholas Clee, Times Literary Supplement * Seldom can a satirical novel have proved more pertinent. * Sarah Meyrick, The Church Times * So begins a rollicking rollercoaster ride through modern politics...showcasing Mount's pitch-perfect comic ear and a keen eye for caricature. * Catholic Herald *