scar culture – toni davidson. I picked this book up as one of many at three quid from fopp in London. Not quite sure why I did, something about it just caught my eye. When I finally got around to reading it, while travelling round Australia, I looked at the back cover and had no idea what it was about or why I’d brought it. I’m glad I did though. It’s a great read, combining a few apparently unrelated stories about abused children and a bizarre shrink. The first section, about a child called ‘click’ who visualises all of his abuse as photos (either real or in his head) was the best part to me but Davidson does a wonderful job of pulling everything together. Overall the book was reminiscent of Iain Banks and the Wasp Factory, although with less impact. Definately interested to see what comes next from this new author.

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