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Claire Allen is the author of London Fiction at the Millennium (2020), It's Got to Be Perfect (2011), Protection (2008) and The Mountain of Light (2005).

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London Fiction at the Millennium

release date: Sep 28, 2020
London Fiction at the Millennium
This book analyses London fiction at the millennium, reading it in relation to an exploration of a theoretical positioning beyond the postmodern. It explores how a selection of novels can be considered as “second-wave” or “post-postmodern” in light of their borrowing more from mainstream and classical genres as opposed to formally experimental avant-garde techniques. It considers how writers utilise the cultural capital of London in a process of relocating marginalized, subjugated or under-represented voices. The millennium provides an apt symbolic opportunity to reflect on British fiction and to consider the direction in which contemporary authors are moving. As such, key novels by Martin Amis, Bella Bathurst, Bernardine Evaristo, Mark Haddon, Nick Hornby, Hanif Kureishi, Andrea Levy, Gautam Malkani, Timothy Mo, Will Self, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Rupert Thomson, and Sarah Waters are used to explore writing beyond the postmodern. ‘In this significant and welcome contribution to the field, Allen provides us with a sophisticated, detailed, and rigorous study of the move in contemporary fiction beyond postmodernism as exemplified by London fiction.’ —Nick Hubble, Brunel University London, UK

It's Got to Be Perfect

release date: May 01, 2011
It's Got to Be Perfect
All Annie Delaney wants is her happy ever after. A big dress. A big day. A big commitment. She even has a scrapbook filled to bursting with ideas for her dream day, her dream home and her dream man. But the man on her is less a dream than a nightmare and as for the man currently in her bed - well, that's a whole other disaster in the making.

Protection

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Protection
Pour tenter de faire taire le passé qui resurgit brutalement sous la forme d'une lettre, Liam fuit Liverpool et se retrouve par hasard à Llandudno, petite ville perdue du pays de Galles. Il y rencontre Marina, une jeune maman qui a décidé comme lui de tout quitter sur un coup de tête. A Llandudno, Hannah gère seule une maison d'hôtes désertée, héritage d'un mari qu'elle détestait, décédé deux ans plus tôt. Rongée par la solitude, la vieille femme se prend d'affection pour Marina, et, touchée par sa détresse, lui offre un toit. Liam, Marina et Hannah détiennent tous les trois un secret, et quelque chose dont les autres ont besoin. Trois jours durant, leurs vies se croisent dans l'atmosphère pesante de la petite ville. Quelle sera l'issue de ce brillant chassé-croisé ? Parviendront-ils à chasser leurs vieux démons, retrouveront-ils une forme de sérénité ?

The Mountain of Light

release date: Jan 01, 2005
The Mountain of Light
The Mountain of Light, a London Indian Restaurant, is Balu's great love, the delicious kulfis and dansaks he devises in its kitchen his sole connection to the land of his childhood. When a young woman, Sarah, rents the flat upstairs, she, her boyfriend Jude, and Hari, a waiter, begin to gather after hours to chat around Balu's tables, though Jude's jealousy of Hari threatens their circle. Meanwhile Jozef, an elderly Polish man, begins to reveal a heartbreaking story to Sarah, and so inspires a journey that will lead her to discover where - and with whom - she really belongs.
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