Glow: A Novel

By Ned Beauman

South London, may perhaps 2010: foxes are behaving surprisingly, Burmese immigrants are going lacking, and everybody is making an attempt to pay money for a brand new occasion drug referred to as Glow. a tender guy struggling with an extraordinary sleep problem will discover the connections among most of these anomalies during this taut, riveting new novel via a tender author hailed by means of The mother or father as “playful, arresting, unnerving, opulent, impolite and—above all—deliciously, startlingly, exuberantly fresh.” 

Twenty-two-year-old Raf spends his days jogging Rose, a bull terrier who guards the transmitters for a pirate radio station, and his nights at raves in warehouses and launderettes. whilst his pal Theo vanishes with no hint, Raf’s efforts to discover him will lead directly into the center of a world company conspiracy. in the meantime, he’s falling in love with a stunning younger girl he met at a kind of raves, yet he’ll quickly notice that there's way more to Cherish than meets the eye. 

Combining the velocity, drama, and explosive plot twists of a mystery along with his trademark highbrow, linguistic, and comedic pyrotechnics, Glow is Ned Beauman’s so much compelling, virtuosic, and compulsively readable novel yet.

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