Don't be misled by the 'comic' label. This is an accomplished novel that ties together themes of aging, ambition, social cohesion, media, celebrity and urban regeneration, whilst keeping it personal and acutely poignant. There are undoubtedly lots
of comic moments and characters, but they seem to reflect rather than exaggerate real life. I picked this.up for a light read but ended up quite engrossed. Touching.