Friday Night ClubPaperback
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- Publisher: FLAME
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 196mm x 21mm | 239g
- Publication date: 12 May 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0340822236
- ISBN 13: 9780340822234
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
Nearly two decades after a crowd of schoolfriends in Scotland disbanded their regular Friday Night Club, it has reconvened - in London this time. At the centre, again, is Rob - now a man of means, a man about town, and a man of mystery. The story is told by the other members of the revived Friday Night Club, three men who spin round in Rob's orbit. There's lan, a hippy hedonist who has returned to Britain after wandering around Europe, teaching English and seducing women. There's Graham, freelance illustrator and aspiring artist, struggling to cope with the ghost of an ex, a flagging career and the lure of strong drink. And there's Alastair, whose shyness accounts for his nervous cough and his ability to attract nicknames, but only partly explains why he hasn't had sex since the Eighties.
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Harry Ritchie was born in Fife in 1958. He was Literary Editor of The Sunday Times from 1993 to 1995. He is the author of 'The Last Pink Bits' and currently lives in London.
Ever since Nick Hornby made his fortune by cataloguing the angst of the 30-something modern male he has spawned a host of imitators. Harry Ritchie, of course, is fully aware of this. As Literary Editor of The Sunday Times in the years when Hornby was crucially making his name and raising the stakes of the writing game, Ritchie is only too aware of the opportunities hidden in the seam of today's society. Thus he centres this novel around a dysfunctional male quartet, originally friends from school, each of whom represents a slice of modern male society. Leader of the group is Rob, rich and mysterious. The story is narrated by his three henchmen - Ian, a rootless hippy, Graham, an illustrator with a drink and woman problem, and shy Alastair, who hasn't had sex for more than ten years. It's a good idea, and Ritchie perfectly captures the crises and insecurities that seem so integral to the modern male identity. He writes with the precision of a scriptwriter inserting directions for the camera crew, with the result that the background of scenes described comes brilliantly to life while the central characters are less focused and feel as if they need actors and the wide screen to do them justice. This is an accomplished, enjoyable book crying out to be made into an excellent film. (Kirkus UK)