Posted on 20th October 2010

By James Meek, Novelist

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Fiction Uncovered by… James Meek, novelist

Why can’t British fiction be as interesting as American, the tastemakers cry? Why can’t we write experimental fiction as well as the dead modernists? Why, when so many great novels are written by women, do men still occupy the highest level of what passes for a modern literary pantheon? Good questions. Along comes Jenny Turner in 2007 with a superb experimental novel, The Brainstorm. She’s British, she’s a woman, and she’s not dead. And the tastemakers shrug, turn away and continue to snipe at Dan Brown’s grammar. Shame! Especially since ‘experimental’ is in no way a synonym for ‘unreadable’ in this case. Funny, clever and disturbing, with a uniquely subtle, British take on 9/11. Read it.



John Self

22nd October 2010 at 09:02

I’ve seen this one in the shops and browsed it but never taken the plunge. I will now correct that error!


William Rycroft

27th October 2010 at 10:32



William Rycroft

30th November 2010 at 02:17

Book now read and reviewed:

Thanks for the recommendation.

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