Life: An Unexploded Diagram.
Walker Books, 2011
Paperback 7.99 [pounds sterling]
If you want a book with plenty of sex and bad language, then this is the book for you. If you want a book that covers several periods of historical conflict (WW2, the Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis and 9:11), then this is the book for you. If you want more than 400 pages written by a prize-winning author, then this is the book for you. A fairly typical line is: 'Someone in the back row farted, audibly, setting off a susurration of titters'. If that makes you laugh and want to look up 'susurration' then buy this book.
This book is written for the young adult fiction market; firmly placed at KS4 and above. The three-generational story covers all the aforementioned periods, following the lives of a family in rural Norfolk.
On a language level I enjoyed the actual writing, the wit and the humour. However, as one who sometimes finds dual narrative complicated, I found the book as a whole rather confusing. As it stands, I suspect the book will not be read by many in the 16-18 year age group unless they are committed readers or told to do so as part of a scheme of work. I agree with other reviewers that it could and should be read by a more adult audience.