June 29

Jamaica by Malcolm Knox

If you ever want to get inside the head of a contemporary middle aged male, read a Malcolm Knox novel.  You wont like what you see.   Jamaica is one of Malcolm Knox’s first novels and has been on my bookshelf for about 12 months just waiting patiently for my attention.   It is only now that am I wondering how the hell I let it sit there for so long.  I loved it.

This book tells the story of a group of 40 something year old friends who decide to compete in a long distance swimming race in Jamaica.  United by careers, success, money and history, this is a group of people you wouldn’t want to travel to the CBD with…let alone Jamaica.  I was drawn in by the story, the question marks about each of the characters and the ever present sense of doom and danger.  Is it really possible that middle aged men think and act the way these characters do?

Oh my god I am so naïve.

And that’s my 2 cents.