Her first novel, Suckers, was one the most refreshing and downright entertaining British novels of the nineties and was short-listed for Granta’s ‘Best Young British Novelists’ list in 1993.
‘Bleeding London Dry’ was Suckers’ fab -and groovy-tag line and, indeed, the London of Suckers,was the Cool Britannia of the eighties, drowning in bright young things while whole communities were being chewed up and spat out as chic Docklands tower blocks.
The narrator, Dora Vale, is a ‘creative consultant’ – a typically vapid eighties job description –who visits the headquarters of the uber-voguish Bellini magazine to discover that it only does its business at night …
No less than Salma Rushdie described Suckers as a biting – yes, see what I did then? – satire on the eighties ‘greed is good’ culture and he wasn’t far wrong but more than that it’s a cracking read.
Suckers is Molotov cocktail of Ealing Comedy, Hammer Horror and even American Psycho, and it’s the best way to spend your time in the company of yuppies- watch them suffer!
While you’re over at Amazon, you can also pick up the aforementioned Spoilers and a couple more collections of Anne Billson’s film reviews.