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The Sandpit by Nicholas Shakespeare

The Sandpit

Nicholas Shakespeare

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Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 23 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781787301764
3 stars out of 5
28 Jun 2020

"a Schrödinger’s drama in which the action spirals out from an enormous maybe, resulting in a paranoia-filled page-turner"

There are lovely reminiscences on South America, although Shakespeare doesn’t rate his readers’ foreign-affairs knowledge, giving some clunky exposition. And for an insistently contemporary novel, it can feel dated – sometimes sweetly, with phrases like “surfing the internet” and an 11-year-old saying “bosom”; sometimes not, such as a thin man “disappearing on himself like an anorexic girl”.