Takes place between the mid-1940s and the mid-1970s, in Brussels, Salisbury, the Congo, the industrial wastes of Lorraine - but the dominant setting is in the titular city - a nightmarish brick grid populated by freaks. Meades has also written "Filthy English" and "Peter Knows What Dick Likes".
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• 'An extraordinary work, peopled by the repellent, dwelling on the vile and yet done with so deft and brilliant a touch: a picnic in the heart of darkness. The writing is clever and complex, multi-layered and funny … What a dark pleasure it is to come across writing that is both luminous and bilious.'
Susan Jeffreys, New Statesman
• 'The English novel needs its senses to be violently deranged, and this piledriver of a book … might just provide a kick-start.'
Elizabeth Young, Independent on Sunday
• 'One admires the virtuosity, the creative nerve that enabled Meades to boldly go where few writers would dare.'
Andrew Clements, Financial Times
• ‘There is no doubt that Pompey is the product of a brilliant mind: one would not, however, wish to dine with its author."
Nick Hornby, TLS
• 'A brilliant blockbuster,"
Melvyn Bragg, Start the Week
• 'If Meades was a racehorse you'd be calling for a steward's enquiry. There's something in his feed which definitely gives him the lot.'
• 'Disgusting and brilliant … written with relentless energy and rhythm, phrase after phrase of this novel is 'highly crafted'.'
Paul Spike, Vogue
• 'With its mutilations, voyeurism, in-jokes, phantasmagoric idiolect and cruel humour, this is a harrowing and quite extraordinary book. It is lurid and ingenious … but so perverse you get to love it.' David Profumo, Daily TelegraphAbout the Author:
Jonathan Meades writes and presents topographical and architectural television films, among them the series The Victorian House, Abroad in Britain and Further Abroad. Since 1986 he has contributed a weekly column about restaurants to the Times. His book include This Is Their Life, An Illustrated Atlas of the World's Buildings, Filthy English, Peter Knows What Dick Likes and Pompey.
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Book Description Vintage, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099308215