Glyn Maxwell - The Girl Who was Going to Die
- Camilla Pia
- 14 February 2008
It’s no fun being told that you are soon to pop your clogs, as this compelling novel’s main protagonist Susan Mantle finds out following a visit to a mysterious fortune teller. The news triggers a bizarre chain of events peppered with biting black humour as Susan kicks against reality TV ridiculousness and the fame game, resulting in a searing indictment of modern culture which attempts to expose the shallow, hysteria-filled world we now inhabit. She is a hugely likeable character, drawing us in from the start, and her interaction with such celebrity-obsessed peers as ‘best friend’ Miranda Kaye and ‘queen of reality’ Cassidy Plume is both funny and thought-provoking.
Glyn Maxwell has written in many genres over the years, but he is perhaps best-known for his drama and poetry, and it shows in The Girl Who was Going to Die; the dialogue-driven prose is linguistically pioneering and distinctive, keeping the reader gripped and entertained throughout while never letting up in its intensity.