I haven’t had time to read many books this year, so, when at a car-boot sale, I spotted this slim-line paper-back that was named after one of my favorite things (swimming), written by my name-sake, nominated for a man booker prize and costing 20p, I bought it. And I loved it.
Very boyish but enjoyable. Initially the lack of punctuation can make this slightly difficult to follow, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it, and when you do the characters’ voices start to feel quite real. Full of very practical and able men which you can enjoy vicariously. These guys know how to track prey, bandage themselves, dig out bullets and other things.
Incidentally the Coen brothers’ film is probably one of the most accurate screen adaptations out there.