Jamie Mollart's first novel, The Zoo, is original and thought-provoking. It should be depressing to watch the successful world of a man slowly unravel until he no longer knows who he is or cares what he does. Instead, this is one of those books you can't stop thinking about, well after you reach the last page. Jamie's inside knowledge of the advertising world gives his writing an authentic edge, littered with sparkling one-liners and instantly recognisable characters.
His great achievement is to make the reader really care about his eponymous ant-hero, James Marlowe, despite his many flaws. I don't want any spoilers in this review, so all I can say is he teases the reader with clever metaphors until you just have to know how he will use them. When he finally does, it is brilliantly understated. And the 'zoo' of the title? If I told you, I'd have to explain everything.
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About the Author
Jamie Mollart runs his own advertising company, and has won awards for marketing. Over the years he has been widely published in magazines, been a guest on some well-respected podcasts and blogs, and Patrick Neate called him 'quite a writer' on the Book Slam podcast. He is married and lives in Leicestershire with his wife and cat. His debut novel, The Zoo, is on the Amazon Rising Stars 2015 list. Find out more at his website www.jamiemollart.co.uk and you can find Jamie on Facebook and Twitter @jamiemollart