House of Dreams

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A cool, clever and funny cautionary tale which casts a cynical eye over reality television and the nation’s obsession with celebrity culture. When a controversial government plan to tackle anti-social behaviour is launched, children's TV presenter Tyler Thoreau becomes enmeshed in a frightening scheme that promises to take the Big Brother format to its ultimate conclusion. More

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About Callum Jacobs

I was born in Brighton, England and now live in London. I'm a teacher of psychology and a writer of contemporary fiction. There's a little more about me on my website. You may feel you already know more than you wanted.

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Review by: Karen slade on June 10, 2013 : (no rating)
An excellent read, I really didn't want to put it down and get on with what i should have been doing! Callum Jacobs has created a cadre of believable characters - i don't think i actually liked any of the characters - they were all either amoral or self-obsessed (or both), but i did care what happened to them. All of the characters were very 'real' - from the drug-addicted, narcisstic Tyler Thoreau, to the socially inept, celebrity wannabe Leanne who will do whatever it takes to be famous, and the rather scary civil servant Lazlo Beauchamp with his incredible plan to cure what ails modern society. It is an intelligent book without being in any way condescending. I think the character who most intrigued me was the 17 year old Yves - i have to admit that i'm quite tempted to try a few of his 'experiments', though maybe not getting people to punch me in the face! Much as i loved this book, i was quite disappointed with the ending - i felt it rather fizzled out whilst i was expecting somewhat of an explosive finish. Having said that, i will definitely be reading his next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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