Paul is an ideal client. He's assiduous and talented, takes constructive criticism well, and while he always takes a great interest in the publishing process is always happy - when push comes to shove - to leave key decisions to his publisher (who he has formed an excellent relationship with).
His new novel - IIOW - while dealing with darker issues than SALMON FISHING, is a joy to read. It retains the same humanity, imagination and interest in the world that marked out his debut, while showcasing a multi-faceted talent.
In IIOW, Paul has achieved something quite remarkable - to reveal his 'ending' at the novel's outset; then, whilst working backwards - chronologically - maintaining the reader's interest and giving them a deeply poignant and emotive ending.
It is, in my opinion, a superior novel to SALMON FISHING.
I have a huge respect for Paul and the way in which he tackles, and approaches, his writing. While he evidently loves to write there must always be days when it becomes a chore - yet, no matter what, Paul produces page after page - novel after novel - of wonderful work.
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