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Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

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The narrative voice is fluent and assured, with an eye for detail and original images: a cup of tea is “crunchy with limescale”; clearing up after one of their father’s rages is “rebuilding the set on which their performance of normal life takes place”. It should be a time to comfort each other, but there's always been a distance to their relationship. The subterranean climax introduces a note of the uncanny that doesn’t quite convince, and the ending feels unresolved, though perhaps this is in keeping with the idea that the “möbius strip” of complex grief does not allow for tidy closure. Don't get me wrong, I do think that there are some really touching and relatable moments in this book.

Even if Tom had been a failed drama student but had some sort of redemption in this regard the constant poking at his degree may have felt slightly less like deja vu. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. They put themselves in an unnecessary situation and it's hard for me to feel for them, for that reason.Millenials philosophising about mundane things while roaming around the streets of Paris and surviving on bread and water.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.The characters are relatively interesting and seeing how their perspectives on their alcoholic father’s life diverge towards the end of the text provided good character development for both. This book has opened my eyes and made me realise to be grateful for who you have and what you have got. Away from the ‘tourist bit’ of the catacombs – the part filled with bones moved from the city’s cemeteries – is an extensive network of claustrophobic pathways beneath the everyday, visible level of the city. For me, the highlights of this book were the Paris location and the friends and family who surround Billie and Tom - they brought joy and lightness where there wasn’t much.

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