Crikey blogger Culture Mulcher praised Lloyd Jones' Hand Me Down World that blends his role as reader and designer. As Mulcher says he’s “designed six of Jones’ books, including the wonderful Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning, Booker-runner-up, Mister Pip, and also — don’t say it! going to say it — one of my all-time contemporary favourites, The Book of Fame.”
While Mr Mulcher is anything but a distanced reviewer, he was so inspired by the manuscript that he wrote the back cover blurb, because “that’s how much it got to me.”
Mr Mulcher also points out that the UK publisher released several copies as hand me down books – books that they released into the wild and encouraged people who found them to write reviews. Many of the reviews agree with Mr Mulcher’s praise.
Lloyd Jones is best known for his powerful novel Mr Pip, but his latest book Hand Me Down World promises an even stronger emotional punch as it looks at one of the most pressing social issues of our time.
In this video he talks about how his new novel was inspired by an “extraordinary” newspaper article about a boat that capsized while carrying North African immigrants. By using a narrative style of passing the story between characters, Jones talks about how he creates a story where “everyone is living in the margins of everyone else”.
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