The Wilding - Maria McCann


Unsympathetic narrators are often complex and fascinating (I'm thinking of Engleby, Kevin's mother, Mandelson). When they are not, a powerful plot can make up for it. But when the narrator, plot and all the other characters are on the dull side, so that even parts that are supposed to be shocking don't hit home, it's a little difficult to see why this was longlisted for the Orange Prize. And not much of a surprise that it's a Richard and Judy's Book Club selection.

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