Quicksand by Steve Toltz (Sceptre/Hodder, £17.99)
The second novel by Man Booker shortlisted author Steve Toltz returns to the subject of outsiders, this time in the form of two friends: Liam, a failed novelist who gives up his artistic ambitions and becomes a policeman, and Aldo, a failed entrepreneur with implausibly bad luck.
Aldo is riddled with debt, wrongly accused of rape (twice) and murder and after becoming a paraplegic is confined to a wheelchair. He is “always the wrong guy with the wrong outfit saying the wrong thing in the wrong tone…
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