Unique, transgressive and as funny as its subject, A Life Discarded has all the suspense of a murder mystery. Written with his characteristic warmth, respect and humour, Masters asks you to join him in celebrating an unknown and important life left on the scrap heap.
Wow. This has got to be one of the most disjointed and convoluted books I have ever read. Despite the skills of the author as a wordsmith, he just could not turn this into a book that would capture and hold my interest.
The vast majority of the book is (I’m sorry to say) really rather boring. As I struggled through the turgid chapters I found reading the book rather like trying to swim through treacle.
A one out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Fourth Estate for my copy.