THE SOUND OF NO HANDS CLAP­PING By Toby Young Pen­guin $32.95

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❏ TOBY Young has made a great suc­cess out of pro­claim­ing him­self to be a fail­ure.His first book, Howto LoseFriends&Alien­atePeo­ple, based on his fail­ure to make a suc­cess of work­ing in New York sold well and was made into a play, a ra­dio se­ries and, po­ten­tially, a film.This sec­ond novel de­picts his fail­ure to be­come a Hol­ly­wood screen­writer and his re­treat to home to Eng­land and a ca­reer as a free­lance jour­nal­ist and au­thor.So the premise that he’s a fail­ure looks pretty tatty.Add to this his re­lent­less self-pro­mo­tion, his se­ri­ous char­ac­ter flaws which in­spire him to em­bar­rass him­self and his friends at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and the whole pack­age is pretty unattrac­tive. In a word: Dis­taste­ful

—MARY VER­NON

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