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Stephen King HODDER & STOUGHTON, RRP $30

Stephen King has never been one to limit his word count. His nov­els are usu­ally the best op­tions for long plane rides. Not so El­e­va­tion, which is a long short-story or short novella. Scott is liv­ing a lonely life in a gated com­mu­nity. He’s di­vorced, there’s bad blood with his neigh­bours, mar­ried les­bians who let their dogs go to the toi­let on his lawn, and he doesn’t get out much. He’s also los­ing weight at a rate of knots. But his clothes aren’t get­ting looser and his stom­ach still hangs over his belt. And even when he steps on the scales hold­ing weights, it doesn’t reg­is­ter. His re­tired doc­tor friend has never seen any­thing like it. In a fun run, Scott shocks the town by burn­ing past al­most all other en­trants. The race is the im­pe­tus for an un­likely rap­proche­ment with his neigh­bours. As the weight con­tin­ues to drop, Scott and his friends wait to see what will hap­pen when he reg­is­ters zero. This is a nice canape be­fore, hope­fully, an­other King doorstop. CLAIRE SUTHER­LAND VER­DICT: King, but bite-sized

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