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Simon John Cox was born in Tunbridge Wells, has a degree in chemistry, a job in marketing and a black belt in Taekwon-Do. He has been writing fiction for as long as he can remember. He has had various short stories published, and is editing his second novel whilst trying to interest agents in his first. Simon is a founder member of the Tunbridge Wells Writers group, and is currently starring as the protagonist in his autobiography.
Christina M. Grey
on Sep. 01, 2011 :
The strongest writing is like the male half of a dancing duo: his job is to display the female. The writing's job is to display the content, without calling attention to itself. In "The Restoration Man," Simon John Cox does this with subtle precision and evocative imagery. He composes sentences that flow so well they disguise the skill with which they were crafted. Every clause, every syllable, is placed so purposefully that the brain floats through the narrative uninterrupted by a shade of doubt, oblivious to the emotional osmosis that occurs between the lines.
And does it ever occur. Call me cold-hearted, but I'm not often "moved" by the weak attempts at poignancy that litter contemporary literature. But this story is not a weak attempt; it is a powerful success. This guy has got it.
The mood reminded me a little of Morvern Callar (novel by Alan Ramsey), although I'm not sure exactly why. Maybe because the way it was written was in such contrast to the main character? Maybe not... Anyway, it was really good. Check it out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)