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A delicious satire on the magazine industry is also a study in addiction

Will Wiles's way with words makes him exquisite company

One for the road?

One for the road?

There is a huge amount to like in Will Wiles’s latest novel, a story about an alcoholic journalist called Jack Bick who feels his world slipping like sand through his fingers. Plume is many things: a satire about tech surveillance and the London property market; a reflection on the perilous state of the magazine industry; and, principally, a study in addiction.

This is a lot to be juggling simultaneously, and while there might ultimately be one too many balls in the…

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