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If you prefer banal symbols freighted with meaning to plot, Nicola Barker is your woman

A review of In the Approaches, by Nicola Barker, a blurb-writer’s nightmare

7 June 2014

9:00 AM

7 June 2014

9:00 AM

In the Approaches Nicola Barker

Fourth Estate, pp.512, £18.99, ISBN: 9780007583706

Readers familiar with Nicola Barker’s hyper-caffeinated style will be surprised by the almost serene first few chapters of her latest novel. It’s 1984 and we are in Pett Level, Hastings, a marginal location even by Barker’s standards (previous novels have been set in Luton, Ashford, and the Isle of Sheppey), and a well-travelled man named Franklin D.

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