I was not familiar with author David Szalay before and discovered him via Instagram.
There was a giveaway from the Book Club Cookbook and Grey Wolf Press. While the writing is sharp this is definitely a downbeat plot.
Fraud, blackmail, harassment, sexual assault, rape and even worse have unfortunately proved that online dating is not for everyone and with high profile TV programmes such as the BBC’s Panorama and Crimewatch showing just how risky it can be, in recent years many people have been searching for the safer, more confidential, more discreet alternative that working with a Professional Matchmaker can provide.
Middle-aged Paul Rainey, the borderline-alcoholic protagonist, works for one of those free business magazines that arrive in the post and which no one reads.
If dating sites are new to you, it may well seem very confusing, as the dating marketplace in the UK has changed so much in recent years.
Meeting people through personal introductions recommended by your own Matchmaker has been around for centuries, but around the start of the new millennium a new concept came onto the scene – online dating and without a doubt took the market by storm in the early months and years.
Paul is depressed, drinks and smokes too much and finds little solace at I was not familiar with author David Szalay before and discovered him via Instagram.
Paul is depressed, drinks and smokes too much and finds little solace at home.
This is not a demographic that gets a great deal literary attention, probably because they don’t align easily with any of the standard Londoner stereotypes and are neither sufficiently poor nor obviously culturally interesting enough to make for compelling fiction in any but the most accomplished of hands.