Val Wake is an itinerant journalist who has worked in Australia, Canada and the UK. The subject of his latest novel When the Lions are Drinking is based on his experiences when working for the British Government as a information officer. His main client was the British Foreign Office. Wake was in a charge of a film unit that produced films with a Foreign Office brief for world distribution. Prior to joining government service in Britain Wake worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and variious newspapers and radio stations in Canada and Australia. Wake is married and lives with his Canadian born wife in Australia. They have two daughters.
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Brilliant, Well-flavoured and Delightful28 novembre 2010
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Formato: Copertina flessibile
This brilliant book seduces the reader from the start with its intriguing title, "When the Lions are Drinking." Most of us like an insider's view especially of a major Civil Service and here we have a flavouring of a Foreign Office - the British Foreign Office, what's more - and film-making as an extra sweetener. Altogether that yields potential for a novel just about unbeatable. Author Val Wake has a marked capacity for characterisation, partly no doubt because of his career as a journalist but especially through his innate talent for thoughtful analysis of what we are, what we do and why we do it. He copes effortlessly with the huge cast of characters he creates. Sometimes he is harsh, especially on the women. Shirley Keene has a "reputation as the office tart"; but he can also be tender as he is with Morag Macleod in the final chapter. In his sex scenes, he is matter of fact: "One Night Stand" and a few other sexual episodes are only modestly erotic. His tone tends to be reminiscent of Edmund Wilson's admirable detachment in "Memoirs of Hecate County". With the high quality writing the reader expects from Wake, the story flows fluently to the last of the 457 pages where it surprises and intrigues the reader with its ending. How he does it must remain secret but the reader will appreciate his resourcefulness. Altogether, "When the Lions are Drinking" entertains and delights as a well-written book with much that is worthwhile to say about the way we work, play and generally interact with each other. It is a page-turner whose pages the reader will long remember with a great deal of pleasure.