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REVIEW BY IAN BADCOE
Paul Brookes is a poet I know through the internet. We
used to hang out on Poetry Circle, an online forum...
Before I begin this review I must reveal that I live a
charmed life. I have always found it easy to get jobs, and
places I have worked have been more akin magical
kingdoms, than grey Kafkaesque distopias.
I try to remain aware that this isn't true for everyone
(should be... isn't) but awareness is one thing and knowing
what living it is like would be something else again. The
main power of this book is it gives you a window into
exactly that, and furthermore it paints subtly, neither
glorifying, nor playing up to the grimness.
From the biography on the back we discover Paul has been
a security guard, postman, admin assistant, call centre
advisor, lecturer, poetry performer and now works as a
shop assistant. He has recently been interviewing almost